He looked at the officers saying, ‘Nah I don’t want to sit here.’
Tensions between law enforcement and the American public reached a fever pitch last week after the killings of two African-American men by police officers and the subsequent retaliation shooting that resulted in the deaths of five Dallas police officers on July 7th. The next evening, at an Eat’n Park in Homestead, Pennsylvania, the animosity brewing within the country was made apparent to police officer Chuck Thomas and three fellow officers when a couple refused to be seated by 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,’ ” Eat N’ Park server Jesse Meyers told WTAE News. “So they got moved completely opposite, away from the police officers.” After witnessing the snubbing, Thomas and his fellow officers knew they had to do something. “I looked over and said, ‘It’s okay sir. You won’t have to worry about it, we won’t hurt you,” Thomas said. “He looked at me hard again and said he’s not sitting here and walked away.”
So the officers called Meyers, their server, over to the table and told him they’d pay the customers’ bill. “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,” 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,” Thomas said. The officers left a note on the bill that read, “Sir, [Sir], Your check was paid for by the police officers that you didn’t want to sit next to. Thank you for your support. I left a $10.00 tip too.”