Many restaurant managers try to do something for the people who protect and serve their communities.
An Outback Steakhouse manager in Louisiana knew that she had to do something for a group of police officers as they were eating a meal one afternoon.
Four Louisiana police officers were working their shifts as normal, and when they became hungry, they decided to go to Outback Steakhouse to grab a bite to eat for dinner.
Arline Wood, who said she has worked at the Outback Steakhouse for 18 years, and server Zoe Rao said they wanted to know the officers were appreciated there.
“They’re the sweetest guys, I enjoy waiting on them,” Rao told Fox8.“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 Zoe and I said, let’s take care of it,” Wood also told the outlet.
It was only a small gesture, but they hoped that it would show the officers that someone cares about the work that they perform each day.
Zoe talked to the officers while she was serving them. They were very polite and talked about more than just patrolling the city and keeping it safe.
She enjoyed the conversations that she had with the group. When the officers were finished eating, they had a $67 bill that Arline and Zoe paid off together. They also gave the officers a note written on the receipt.
The department expressed their gratitude towards the pair in their post. The post added that the officers left a tip that covered the cost of the bill, in accordance with ethics laws and the department’s policy.
“Words can’t describe how this makes all of us feel,” the post read. “Thank you Ms. Arlene and Zoe for being so kind and showing your appreciation for law enforcement.”
Big kudos to these women for showing an excellent example of how to thank our law enforcement officers, who volunteer to go out and face evil every day so that we don’t have to!
I think this is the kind of thing we need to see more often, rather than hearing about police officers being denied service or otherwise being disrespected by people.
It’s acts of appreciation like this that remind them of why they do, thank you to all first responders – you are greatly appreciated!