Mystery Diner Stuns 21st Birthday Girl By Footing Bill Then Vanishing
A woman has been left stunned after a mystery diner paid a £142 bill for her birthday dinner - and she's trying to find them to say thank you as they disappeared straight afterwards.
Shauna Wilson was out at Cosmo in Deansgate, Manchester, on Thursday evening with her friends and family. As she posted on Facebook, Wilson was celebrating her 21st birthday with seven other people at the global cuisine buffet and attracted the attention of a man sat next to her table, after he spotted a celebratory balloon.
Asking who was celebrating, the kind stranger left his own table and settled up Wilson's dinner bill, as well as leaving a tip for the staff. Wishing her an 'amazing birthday', he then disappeared down the stairs of the first floor restaurant before the stunned birthday girl could say thank you to him.
Shauna, who works as a support worker for people with disabilities, used her Facebook post to make a plea to find the man so that she could say thank you, although theorised that the chances of finding him were unlikely given he was probably 'some kind of footballer'.
How she came to this conclusion is unclear, unless they were playing keepy-ups with the meatballs over at the Italian food station, diving theatrically after being nudged out the way for the final strawberry cheesecake, or perhaps running down the stairs kissing an imaginary badge on their shirt having paid the bill.
Nevertheless, this act of random kindness is news to warm the heart. It certainly had that effect on Shauna, as she told the Manchester Evening News they had restored her faith in humanity.
Taking up the story, she explained: "He just saw my balloon asked whose birthday it was. I told him and he didn't say anything so I jokingly said, 'Aren't you going to wish me happy birthday?' and we had a little joke."
It was then that the man left his table, coming back shortly after.
Shauna continued: "[He] ran back [and] said, 'I've paid for your whole bill. Happy birthday, have a good day,' and ran away.
"I tried to run after him but he disappeared too quickly. I just wish I would have had the chance to say thank you. What a wonderful man."
"It was the most selfless, thoughtful and kindest thing anybody has ever done for me!"
At the very least it's a 21st birthday that Shauna and her family are set to remember for a long time.
Featured Image Credit: Manchester Evening News