Not everyone loves police officers, as recent events have shown us. But the stunt a couple pulled in Homestead, PA, pretty much took the cake. As a group of four cops sat eating a meal, two people came into the diner. The man eyed the police officers and told the server he didn't want to sit anywhere near them.
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Even after one of the officers, Chuck Thomas, told the man he didn't have anything to fear, the couple kept their distance. But when their bill came, the cops were quick to pay the $28.58 that the couple racked up. And they added a $10 tip, too. But they also left them a note.
“Sir, your check was paid for by the police officers you didn’t want to sit next to. Thank you for your support,” the note said. The officer posted it to his Facebook page.
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As Thomas later told a local Pennsylvania TV station, the goal was to let him--and everyone else--know that the police are here to serve the community, not hurt people. And luckily, the kind gesture left a positive effect--the couple thanked the officers and left smiling.
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