A group of police officers dining at a restaurant picked up the tab for a couple who refused to sit near them.
KTLA 5 reported a group of officers from Homestead, Penn. and officers from a neighboring city’s department met for dinner at Eat N’ Park restaurant when a server tried to seat a couple next to the uniformed cops, but the couple said they wanted to move.
“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 told KTLA. “He looked at me hard again and said he’s not sitting here and walked away.”
The officers said they decided to pay for the couple’s nearly $30 check as a gesture of goodwill in a time when tensions are high between police and some in the community.
“Essentially the whole goal of it was to let him know that we’re not here to hurt you,” Thomas told KTLA. “We’re here for you. We work for the public. And we just want to better the relationship between the community and the police.”