Woman is left speechless after mystery 'footballer' pays the entire £142 bill for her 21st birthday dinner and even leaves a tip for the waiter

  • Shauna Wilson, from Manchester, was at dining at Cosmo restaurant in city centre on Thursday evening
  • She was at restaurant with family and was approached by a man at nearby table
  • He saw the balloon at her table and asked who it was for before disappearing
  • Man returned only to say he had paid full £142.88 bill, along with tip for waiters' 
  • He then immediately left the venue, with Ms Wilson unable to even thank him  

A woman is trying to track down a mystery stranger who paid the entire £142 bill for her birthday dinner - then left before she could say thank you.

Shauna Wilson was dining with her family at Cosmo in Manchester city centre on Thursday evening, when she was left stunned by the random act of kindness.

Ms Wilson, who is a support worker for people with learning disabilities, had gone to the Deansgate restaurant to celebrate her 21st birthday.

Shauna Wilson is trying to track down a mystery stranger who paid the entire £142 bill for her 21st birthday dinner - then left before she could say thank you

Shauna Wilson is trying to track down a mystery stranger who paid the entire £142 bill for her 21st birthday dinner - then left before she could say thank you

Ms Wilson was dining with her family at Cosmo in Manchester city centre on Thursday evening, when she was left stunned by the random act of kindness. Above: the receipt showing the enormous bill which was paid by the generous stranger

Ms Wilson was dining with her family at Cosmo in Manchester city centre on Thursday evening, when she was left stunned by the random act of kindness. Above: the receipt showing the enormous bill which was paid by the generous stranger

She said a man seated next to her family noticed a balloon on her table, and asked who was celebrating.

He then left his table, and returned a short time later to tell Shauna he had paid her entire £142.88 bill - and left a tip for the staff. 

The 21-year-old said the man left immediately after telling her what he had done, before she had time to even say thank you.

Now she is keen to find him so she can can tell him how grateful she is for his kind gesture.

She said the mystery man, who she suspected was a footballer, had restored her faith in humanity.

Ms Wilson, who is a support worker for people with learning disabilities, had gone to the Deansgate restaurant to celebrate her 21st birthday

Ms Wilson, who is a support worker for people with learning disabilities, had gone to the Deansgate restaurant to celebrate her 21st birthday

The man paid the bill at the restaurant after noticing the balloons at Ms Wilson's table. He then asked who was celebrating before he left his table and returned a short time later to tell Shauna he had paid her entire £142.88 bill

The man paid the bill at the restaurant after noticing the balloons at Ms Wilson's table. He then asked who was celebrating before he left his table and returned a short time later to tell Shauna he had paid her entire £142.88 bill

Ms Wilson, from south Manchester, said: '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.

'Then he walked away and ran back 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!

'I'm just so sad I didn't get to thank him.

'Me and all my family were left speechless. Definitely a 21st birthday to remember, and I'm eternally grateful.' 

Shauna added: 'My guess is he's some kind of footballer...but I just want to thank him for such a kind gesture.' 

Woman speechless after mystery 'footballer' pays £142 bill for 21st birthday dinner

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