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Stranger Pays Bill for Pittsburg Special Ed Students at Joplin Restaurant

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A group of Pittsburg high school students is on the receiving end of a random act of kindness.

You've probably heard the phrase pay it forward, well a man took that concept to another level at a Joplin restaurant today

“Wow!  Just kind of amazed. It’s jaw dropping time!”

Melissa Kinney a special education teacher at Pittsburg high school reacts to the fact that a complete stranger anonymously paid the entire bill for her group at Cici’s Pizza today.

Her student students enjoyed the games and a pizza buffet at Cici's after practicing bowling for the Special Olympics. They had already paid their bill when the group got a refund. An anonymous gentleman had paid their bill.

Kinney says, "I’m just astonished, overwhelmed and kind of excited that somebody would want to do that for staff and students of special needs."

The Cici's assistant manager says people have bought individual buffets for others before but nothing of this magnitude.

Leslie Breedlove says, "It was about fourteen people total, so he spent about one hundred dollars out of pocket, probably a little bit more to do what he thought was the right thing.   And it was really cool."

It took fundraisers for the students to have this trip to Joplin,  so the kindness of the stranger will allow for another outing which Kinney says has big benefits for the students.

She says, "They get out into the community, interact with the community, and feel like they’re a part."

Breedlove hopes his actions inspire others. She says, "He was a really cool guy. There should be more people like that."

Kinney says people sometimes make gifts like this if they have a relative or friend with special needs. But she also pondered if the kind gentlemen was a Pittsburg alum.

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