With $100 dollars and a few kinds words, one police officer who often eats quietly by himself left an indelible mark on the life of the young server who waited on him.
In a Facebook post over the weekend, Brian Cadigan said his 23-year-old daughter, Courtney English, was waiting tables at the Lamp Post Diner Friday, when a police officer with the Voorhees Township Police Department came in for lunch.
After finishing his salad, the unnamed officer left a $100 tip on his $8.75 ticket along with these kind words for English, who is seven months pregnant: “Enjoy your first. You will never forget it.”
In an interview with NJ.com, English said the cop must have overheard her talking about her pregnancy with customers at a nearby table.
When she found out about the kindhearted gesture from a coworker who called her over to the police officer’s table, the anonymous cop had already left the restaurant. His generosity left English in tears.
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“We didn’t really even talk. I brought him his menu, he ordered a salad and I got it for him,” said English, stunned by the officer’s kindness. “I was telling the people at the table behind him that it was my first baby.”
While the police officer’s name is unknown, there’s no doubt that his kind gesture has left a very apparent impact.
Cadigan wrote in his Facebook post, “I don’t know you, Mr. Police Officer, but you made my little girl cry, and made her year.”
“Thank you,” he continued. “I always had the utmost respect for officers, but you went above and beyond not just an officer, but a beautiful human being. God Bless.”
In a statement to Faithwire, VTPD Lt. William Walsh said, “The officer has requested to remain anonymous and is not wishing to speak with any media outlets regarding his act of kindness.”