Police officers, emergency workers and first responders risk their lives everyday – to protect our communities.
It doesn’t matter how long it takes or what time it is, they always try do their jobs and sometimes work long hours doing so.
So when these four Louisiana police officers finished a long, tiring shift, they decided to head to their local Outback Steakhouse to grab some dinner.
What they didn’t know was the shock that was in store for them when they’d finished their meal.
Everything went according to plan and everything was as usual.
Their meal was served as it should be, and there wasn’t really anything that stood out about the night – until the officers had their receipt and were hit with a huge surprise.
“They’re the sweetest guys,” said Zoë Rao, who is a waitress at the Outback Steakhouse where the officers ate “I enjoy waiting on them.”
However, what happened next drew lots of attention on social media.
Manager Arline Wood, an 18-year veteran of the company, saw the officers come in and recognized them as regulars at the restaurant.
She and waitress Zoë Rao devised a plan together.
Manager Arline Wood and waitress Zoë Rao (Photo: Screenshot Fox8)
When it was time for the cops to pay the $67 tab, the officers couldn’t believe what was written on their receipt – but they quickly realized it was on the house.
Not only did the server and manager pick up their tab, there was also a heartfelt note on the ticket, thanking them for their service to the community.
It read, “Be safe!” written at the top and further down it said, “Thank y’all for y’all’s service! Enjoy y’all’s meal on us!”
“They care about the community. They care about everybody. They’re just great guys. Our whole police force is great and these guys at night, I went to Zoë and I said, let’s take care of it,” Arline Wood said.
To show their gratitude, the officers reportedly left a hefty tip to show their own gratitude.
Later, the Slidell Police Department wanted to pay tribute to the two Outback Steakhouse employees and posted an image of the receipt to their Facebook page.
The receipt left for the four police officers (Slidell Police Department)