A stranger buys a group of EMTs pancakes for the most heartwarming reason

A stranger buys a group of EMTs pancakes for the most heartwarming reason

A few months back the whole world got a little confused by the pancake house chain IHOP - you know, the International House of Pancakes - changed its name to IHOb, the International House of Burgers.

"For 60 pancakin’ years, we’ve been IHOP. Now, we’re flippin’ our name to IHOb. Find out what it could b on 6.11.18. #IHOb [sic]." In what could have be a pivot to dissociate themselves from the horrible press IHOP has been in the news for recently, the change to IHOb was short lived, but that hasn't stopped people going.

Some recent patrons even showed long overdue compassion.

Less we forget the night is dark and full of terrors. Not in a fictional, Westerosian way, in an actual “holy s*** everything’s terrible” kind of way. So by gum, when you come across a story of someone doing something nice for some strangers out of the kindness of their heart, then you write it up, dammit.

CNN draws our attention to one such story. The scene: Toms River, New Jersey. A group of EMTs sit, having a nice breakfast of not-burgers at IHOP after a long, long night shift.

“We were all a little fried after Thursday night,” Alyssa Golembeski, the captain of Toms River First Aid Squad, tells CNN. And so there they sat, all tired and hungry after a long night of helping people stay alive, when the manager of previously-a-burger-palace IHOP walked up to deliver some news, and a note.

“Paid,” it reads. “Thank you for all you do! Have a great day!” It’s signed, “Recovering Addict.” In response, the post said:

"To the woman who paid our tab today at IHOP, thank you so much for paying for our breakfast. This gift was amazingly thoughtful, and brought our table of tired EMTs to tears. We are so blessed to be able to serve you and everyone else who lives and works in the greater Toms River area. Good luck on your journey of recovery!"

Come on, that is a damn nice thing. It wasn’t just a couple of entry-level burgers with sides of hotcakes, either. As Golembeski put it, “EMTs do not eat light… We racked up a $77 bill.” It was a kindness; a small good thing that moved the group to tears.

Golembeski told CNN that she asked the manager if her team could thank their benefactor, but they were told that she wanted to remain anonymous. They shared the above Facebook post in hopes she’d come forward, but no luck as of yet.

“(G)etting that thank you note, it was the nicest thing anyone could have ever done for us,” Golembeski told CNN, adding that she wanted to convey two messages to the anonymous IHOP diner. What did I tell you? Nice. A nice story that involves IHOP. They don't come around that often, so maybe bookmark this page.