A group of police officers dining at a Pennsylvania restaurant responded to some standoffish behavior from fellow customers by picking up the tab. A server at the Eat N’ Park restaurant in Homestead attempted to seat a couple at a table next to the officers, but one of the patrons did not want to sit so close to the officers, CNN reported.
"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," Jesse Meyers, one of the restaurant’s servers, told CNN’s local affiliate.
One of the officers, Chuck Thomas, reportedly told the man, "It's OK, sir. You won't have to worry about it, we won't hurt you." But, the man insisted and the couple was seated in another section of the restaurant.
In response, the officers paid the couple's bill, which was $28.50, and left a $10 tip. A note on the receipt read: "Sir, your check was paid for by the police officers that you didn't want to sit next to. Thank you for your support."
The gesture, Thomas told WTAE, was meant to "let him know that we're not here to hurt you. We're here for you. We work for the public."