When cops go into their local eatery in Homestead, PA, they’re normally greeted with handshakes and smiles.
This past Friday was different though–as tensions remain high across the country in the wake of the slaughter in Dallas, and the allegations of police brutality in Baton Rouge and suburban St Paul.
As leaders try to calm people’s nerves by giving speeches and attending memorial services– cops around the country are doing their small part to bridge the divide.
A group of officers from Homestead and a neighboring dept were sitting to have a meal at the Eat N’ Park restaurant.
A couple who walked over to the next table to be seated was apparently uncomfortable with the fact that the officers were in the booth beside them. They requested to be seated elsewhere and the couple moved to the other side of the restaurant, Fox6 reported.
As the officers continued eating, they mulled over the blatant snub. One of the officers, at that point, suggested picking up the couple’s bill — hoping to deliver a small, but powerful message.
The officers left this note along with the check:
“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 $10.00 tip too.”
Homestead Police Officer Chuck Thomas said, “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 one of the officers made his way out of the restaurant, the gentleman that initially didn’t want to sit next to them, looked over and the two shared a quick laugh.
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