In a local diner in Homestead, Pennsylvania, a group of cops were seated down for a meal when a couple made there way into Eat N’ Park restaurant. However, when a server tried to seat the couple right next to the group of officers, the couple wasn’t having it. The server,Jesse Meyers, said, “The guy looks over at one of the police officers and was like, ‘Nah I don’t want to sit here.’ So they got moved completely opposite, away from the police officers.”
One of the Homestead police officers, Chuck Thomas, said, “I looked over and said, ‘It’s okay sir. You won’t have to worry about it, we won’t hurt you, He looked at me hard again and said he’s not sitting here and walked away.” Thomas says it was then that he and another officer got an idea to counteract this brush off. They thought they should pay the couple’s bill and immediately asked the server, Meyers, to bring the bill. The officers then paid the couple’s bill of 28.50 dollars and went ahead to leave them a message that read, ‘Sir, your check was paid for by the police officers you didn’t want to sit next to. Thank you for your support. I left a $10.00 tip too.’
Officer Thomas explains, “Essentially the whole goal of it was to let him know that we’re not here to hurt you. We’re here for you. We work for the public. And we just want to better the relationship between the community and the police.” As the police officers left the restaurant, one of them got a smile and a thank you from one of the two people who had earlier shrugged them off. Way to go officers!