Our Louisiana police officers were working their regular shifts when they decided to stop by Outback Steakhouse for dinner because they were hungry. They were unaware that the manager and server had noticed their uniforms as soon as they entered the establishment and were preparing to leave them a message on their receipt.
According to Fox8, the event occurred inside an Outback Steakhouse in Slidell, Louisiana, where four local law enforcement officers on duty went to get dinner. Everything about the evening was as it should have been—their supper was served as it should have been—until they received their receipt and discovered a tremendous surprise.
The waitress at the Outback Steakhouse where the event took place, Zoe Rao, described the men as “the loveliest folks.” I like attending to them. But what followed generated a lot of buzz on social media.
Arline Wood, manager of the establishment for 18 years, saw that the four police officers were regulars at the establishment. When the time came for the officers to pay the $67 tab, they soon understood it was on the house because she and Rao had devised a scheme together. Along with producing their bill, the server and manager also wrote a sincere remark on the ticket praising them for their community contribution.
Be careful! Beginning at the top of the receipt, the note continued at the bottom with its message to the police. “I appreciate your service, everyone! Have a great supper with us!
They have a communal concern. They care about everybody. They are terrific men. Arline Wood stated, “Our entire police force is fantastic, and these guys at night, I went to Zoe, and I said, let’s take care of it. The Slidell Police Department shared a photo of the receipt on their Facebook page to thank the two Outback Steakhouse staff members, and as you can expect, it rapidly gained popularity. But that wasn’t at all what Zoe Rao or Arline Wood desired.
When questioned about it later, Wood said that the exposure had taken a bit much. “I received a call early morning and said, ‘What are you talking about?’ Wood remembered. People were phoning me, we saw it on Facebook, then it was on this website and that, but we didn’t do it for the publicity—Lord knows I don’t like all this notoriety.
The two friendly employees now hope that their deed will motivate others to take action to show their gratitude to those who risk their lives every day to defend us. Oh, and if anyone was curious about the four police officers’ response to Wood and Rao giving them supper, it was claimed that they left a sizable tip as a sign of their appreciation.
Congratulations to these women for setting an excellent example of how to express gratitude to the law enforcement personnel who bravely go up against evil every day so that we don’t have to. Instead of hearing about police officers being refused service or treated disrespectfully in other ways by people in service sectors, we need to see more instances like this. They are reminded of their motivations for doing what they do by expressions of gratitude like these.