Four Louisiana police officers, on a routine shift, decided to grab dinner at an Outback Steakhouse in Slidell. Unbeknownst to them, the manager, Arline Wood, and their waitress, Zoe Rao, had a special plan in store. As frequent patrons of the restaurant, the officers were well-liked by the staff, including Rao, who found them to be genuinely nice individuals.
However, what transpired next drew considerable attention on social media. Arline and Zoe, recognizing the officers’ dedication to the community, decided to treat them to a meal on the house. The $67 bill was paid for by the server and manager, accompanied by a heartfelt note on the receipt, expressing gratitude for the officers’ service and wishing them safety.
The note began with “Be safe!” and continued with words of thanks, finishing with, “Enjoy y’all’s meal on us!” Arline Wood praised the entire police force for their community-oriented approach, specifically acknowledging the officers’ commitment. In appreciation, the Slidell Police Department shared an image of the receipt on their Facebook page, which swiftly went viral. However, Arline and Zoe hadn’t sought such attention.
In fact, Arline Wood found the unexpected publicity somewhat overwhelming. She didn’t intend for the generous gesture to become widely publicized, saying, “I got a phone call early in the morning and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?'” The act of kindness was born out of a genuine desire to show support, not to gain attention.
Both Arline Wood and Zoe Rao hope that their kind deed will inspire others to express their gratitude to those who risk their lives daily to protect the community. As for the officers’ response to this act of generosity, they reportedly left a generous tip as a gesture of their own appreciation.
This heartwarming story showcases the power of gratitude and support for our law enforcement officers who bravely face adversity to ensure our safety. Such acts of appreciation and kindness serve as a reminder of the importance of recognizing the dedication and sacrifice of those who serve and protect our communities.