The Chamber of Commerce must be beaming.
Seven women from five states recently came to Omaha for a reunion. One of the women — Audrey Polzer of Falls Church, Va. — wrote to The World-Herald about their experience in the Old Market.
“We parked our car in a metered parking space, and we all searched our purses for quarters. After putting in four quarters, a couple approached us and said, ‘It’s Saturday, so you do not need to feed the meter.’
“Our response was, ‘Boo, we already fed it four quarters.’ ”
The man gave the women a $1 bill and said, “Welcome to Omaha.”
“We were shocked, we smiled, we said our thanks and started chatting amongst ourselves about how kind and generous” the couple was, Polzer said.
The women headed to WheatFields for breakfast. While waiting for a table, the same couple came in and hellos were exchanged.
“Our group was then seated,” Polzer said. “We giggled, we laughed. We all worked together many years ago at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany. We get together occasionally to reminisce and tell stories on each other!
“We had a fabulous breakfast and we had a great waitress by the name of Georgia.
“Well, Georgia came out to our table when we were finished and told us our bill had been paid. We assumed, of course, that she was joking.”
Georgia was not joking. A benefactor had paid the bill and already left the restaurant.
“We were shocked, stunned, and surprised! So, we left Georgia a very generous tip,” Polzer wrote.
Because the visitors could not say “thank you” in person, they sent a photo from the visit to The World-Herald and asked that their thanks be shared.
“Omaha, you are a wonderful city to visit. You have inspired us and hopefully we can return this favor in kind one day,” Polzer wrote.
The cost of parking: free.
The cost of breakfast: free.
The whole experience: priceless.