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Dean Davidson of Duluth describes the pleasure he gets from paying for other people's meals at Bridgeman's Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlour near Miller Hill Mall. (Bob King /

Duluth diner picks up others' tabs just for fun

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Dean Davidson's habit started with an impulse.

"One day I walk into Bridgeman's and there was a bunch of people, and I said this would be kind of cool if I paid everybody's bill," the Morgan Park resident said.


He did some quick calculations, guessed it would cost $300 to pick up everyone's tab and knew he didn't have quite that much.

So he covered one table's meals, anonymously.

But that was just the beginning.

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