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Olive Garden Receipt: Family Pays $0 After Restaurant Learns House Burned Down (PHOTO)

03/27/2013 02:13 pm ET | Updated Mar 27, 2013

A family received a sweet surprise from a local Olive Garden over the weekend.

It all started when a man and his family were dining at an Illinois Olive Garden on March 23. A manager went over to the table to ask how everything was, and the man's 3-year-old daughter chimed in and said, "Grandpa's house burned down."

After asking for more details about the incident, the team at the restaurant decided to give the customers a pretty generous discount. When the family received their bill, they saw all their meals had been comped. The charge was $0.

The man posted the receipt to Reddit, and news of the good deed quickly went viral.

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The Huffington Post reached out to Darden, the parent company of the Olive Garden, to find out more about how it all happened.

"We are always looking for ways to surprise and delight our guests, and this was one of the ways the Olive Garden team in Vernon Hills, Ill., did that last weekend," representative Tara Gray told HuffPost in an email.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this isn't the first restaurant chain to surprise a diner.

A waitress at a Utah Chili's restaurant recently "fixed" a sliced cheeseburger for a young girl who was upset that her meal came "broken."

The woman and her manager ordered the girl -- who has an autism spectrum disorder -- a new, unsliced burger free of charge. The girl's older sister wrote about the good deed on the chain's Facebook wall saying, in part:

I was so touched by this experience. Especially since I know people who have been asked to leave restaurants when their child with autism is being disruptive. I expected a few different things with this scenario based on past experiences, but I did NOT expect such kind and compassionate mannerisms from Lauren and Bradley.

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