Police pay for dinner of man who refused to sit next to them at restaurant
Police officers in Pennsylvania showed a couple that all policeman aren’t bad guys at a restaurant recently. The officers showed that they were good by picking up a couple’s tab. The officers were dining at Eat N’ Park, a Homestead, Penn., based restaurant chain when a couple walked into the restaurant. When a server tried to seat the couple next to the officers, one part of the duo reportedly looked over at the officers and then said, “Nah I don’t want to sit here,” WTAE reported. The server then seated the couple elsewhere in the restaurant.
A couple of the officers thought this would be a good time to demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of the local community. They decided that the best way to show their service was to pay the couple’s $28.50 restaurant bill and a $10 tip for the server.
The officers also left a note on the couple’s bill so that the couple would know that the officers picked up their tab. It said, "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 the gesture was necessary due to police-community tensions in the wake of recent shootings of unarmed black men and police officers in Dallas.
"It just dawned on me, I should do this real quick just to show this guy look, I don’t know if you had bad experience with the police in the past -- you may have you may have not -- but I just want you to know I never had an experience with you and I’m not here to do anything to you. And neither will my partners," Thomas said.