Four police officers took the high road Saturday when a couple walked into the restaurant where they were eating, and coldly told the waiter they did not want to sit next to the officers.
Instead of taking offense, the officers paid the couple’s bill – $28.50 plus a $10 tip.
The incident occurred in Homestead, Pennsylvania Saturday, only two days after five police officers were gunned down at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas, Texas.
Tensions were high after the Dallas attack, said Homestead police officer Chuck Thomas. While a lot of people were coming up and shaking the officers’ hands as they worked in the community, others were cool and tense. So when the couple pointedly declared they weren’t sitting near the officers, and moved clear to the other side of the restaurant, the men in blue just wanted to go the extra mile.
WTAE News: “I looked over and said, ‘It’s okay sir. You won’t have to worry about it, we won’t hurt you,” Thomas said. “He looked at me hard again and said he’s not sitting here and walked away.”
Thomas said he and another officer thought they should pay the couple’s bill and asked Meyers to bring the check.
“Essentially the whole goal of it was to let him know that we’re not here to hurt you, we’re not here for that,” Thomas said. “We’re here for you. We work for the public. And we just want to better the relationship between the community and the police.”
On the ticket, the officers left a note for the couple: “Sir, your check was paid for by the police officers that you didn’t want to sit next to. Thank you for your support. I left a $10 tip too.”
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