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Lining up: WWII veteran gets paid breakfasts

Treva LindMay 17, 2019

Dan Rankin, 95, shows up each morning at the Dueling Irons Restaurant in Post Falls to get his usual – sausage, hash browns, eggs over easy and sourdough toast.

Rankin, a World War II veteran, became a fixture at the eatery soon after it opened in 2014. For the past three years or so, other patrons have been regularly paying for his meal to thank him for his service. In April, his story went viral, including a short story in People magazine this month.

All that buzz has built up a waiting list of people wanting to pay his tab, including callers nationwide. As of Wednesday, Rankin had $210 credited toward his daily $9.76 bill. The attention is a bit much for Rankin, a tank maintenance worker in the war, who talked before his meal on May 10.

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