Four police officers from Pennsylvania were having breakfast at an Eat N’ Park restaurant in Homestead before their shifts, when they ran into the same problem officers all over the country have run into – gross disrespect from other customers.
As the server tried to lead a couple to the empty table near the officers, when the man spoke out. He said he didn’t want to sit next to the officers.
One of the officers, overhearing, invited them over anyway.
Four police officers were having dinner at an Eat N’ Park restaurant in Homestead, Pennsylvania, when a server started to lead another couple over to a booth near them.
As soon as the man saw the officers, though, he told the server, “Nah I don’t want to sit here,” and asked to be seated on the opposite side of the restaurant.
“I looked over and said, ‘It’s okay sir. You won’t have to worry about it, we won’t hurt you,” said Homestead police officer Chuck Thomas. “He looked at me hard again and said he’s not sitting here and walked away.”
The officers are fully aware that tensions have been high between police and the citizens of the communities they serve, so they decided to respond to the rude encounter by rising above it.
When the couple’s $28.50 bill came, there was a note written on the receipt:
“Sir, your check was paid for by the police officers you didn’t want to sit next to. Thank you for your support.”
“Essentially the whole goal of it was to let him know that we’re not here to hurt you,” 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.”
A classy response to an un-classy situation!
The note had the desired effect, according to the restaurant manager.
The police got a ‘thank you’ from the couple before they left the restaurant.