A group of police officers in Homestead, Pennsylvania took the opportunity to transform a moment of tension into an act of kindness.
According to Pittsburgh's WTAE News, a group of police officers from Homestead and Whitaker were having dinner at an Eat'n Park restaurant when a server attempted to seat a couple next to them.
"A table goes to sit down and the guy looks over at one of the police officers and was like, 'Nah, I don't want to sit here,'" server Jesse Meyers told WTAE. "So they got moved completely opposite, away from the police officers,"
Homestead police officer Chuck Thomas noticed the couple's discomfort. "I looked over and said, 'It's okay, sir. You won't have to worry about it, we won't hurt you," he told WTAE. The couple still insisted on being seated away from the officers.
At the end of the couple's meal, Thomas and another officer decided to spread a little goodwill by telling Meyers that they'd be paying for the couple's dinner.
They paid the $28.58 check and left a $10.00 tip. On the receipt, they wrote,
"Sir, your check was paid for by the police officers you didn't want to sit next to. Thank you for your support."
Officer Thomas explained his motivation to WTAE. "Essentially the whole goal of it was to let him know that we're not here to hurt you, we're not here for that. We're here for you. We work for the public. And we just want to better the relationship between the community and the police."