VIA| Four Louisiana police officers finished up a recent shift and decided to top it off with a nice meal at the local Outback Steakhouse. As soon as they walked in the door, both the manager and server noticed their uniforms and began devising a secret plan.
Their meal was served hot and cooked perfectly, but the big surprise came when the officers pulled out their wallets and prepared to pay. On the receipt they found the sweetest note from server Zoe Rao, telling them that the whole meal was on the house!
“They’re the sweetest guys,” Rao told Fox8. “I enjoy waiting on them.”
According to manager Arline Wood, the officers are returning customers and always treat the staff with respect and dignity. So this time she decided to treat the officers to a free meal in exchange for all they do to preserve the safety of her hometown of Slidell.
The Slidell police posted this picture of the receipt to their Facebook page, where it almost instantly went viral. You can imagine the surprise for Rao and Arline once thousands of people online took notice of their act of generosity.
“People were calling me and then we saw it on Facebook,” Wood said. “Then it’s on this one and that one, and we didn’t do it for this publicity, because Lord knows I don’t like all this publicity.”
The officers didn’t forget about Rao despite the free meal, making sure to give the server a hefty tip to show how thankful they were. More police officers deserve to be treated like this, instead of criticized by the media for a few questionable incidents. Day in and day out, these men and women risk their lives in the line of duty for both our safety and freedom.