Refuse to sit next to someone due to their race or religion and you’re a bigot.
Refuse to sit next to someone because they’re a cop and you’re a progressive.
Such was the case just the other day, when a couple at an Eat N’Park restaurant in Homestead, Pennsylvania refused to be seated next to a table full of police officers. And how did those officers respond? With class.
“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,” restaurant server Jesse Meyers told CNN affiliate WTAE.
“I looked over and said, ‘It’s okay sir. You won’t have to worry about it, we won’t hurt you,” Homestead police Officer Chuck Thomas said. “He looked at me hard again and said he’s not sitting here and walked away.”Then the officers, fully cognizant of the recent heightened tensions between police and the communities they serve, had an idea. They’d counteract this rude brush off with a random act of kindness.The officers paid the couple’s $28.50 bill, and left this note on the receipt:“Sir, your check was paid for by the police officers you didn’t want to sit next to. Thank you for your support.” Boom. They even took care of the tip.
“Essentially the whole goal of it was to let him know that we’re not here to hurt you,” Thomas said. “We’re here for you. We work for the public. And we just want to better the relationship between the community and the police.”As the officers left, one of them got a smile and quick thank you from one of the two people who had earlier rebuffed them.