Restaurant Staff See Cops Dining, Do Something Shocking (Photo)

A manager at an Outback Steakhouse restaurant in Slidell, Louisiana, garnered praise online after she and a co-worker decided to pay for a meal for a group of police officers.

Arline Wood and her server, Zoe Rao, spotted the four officers dining at the restaurant and immediately knew what had to be done.

"They care about the community, they care about everybody, they're just great guys, our whole police force is great and these guys at night, I went to Zoe and I said, let's take care of it," Wood told WVUE.

Rao called the officers "the sweetest guys" and said she enjoyed serving them.

The employees paid for the officers' $67 tab and included a note thanking them for keeping their city safe.

"Thank y'all for y'all's service!" the note read. "Enjoy y'all's meal on us!"

The act of kindness went viral after the Slidell Police Department posted about it on Facebook and the post was shared more than 1,000 times.

"I got a phone call early in the morning and I was like what are you talking about? People were calling me and then we saw it on Facebook, then it's on this one and that one, and we didn't do it for this publicity, because Lord knows I don't like all this publicity," Wood said.

Many readers praised the servers for their act of generosity toward the police officers.

"So nice to be able to read of a restaurant treating police officers as welcomed customers!" one reader commented on the site's Facebook page. "We are so fortunate to have excellent police officers in the United States. Okay, there are bad apples in every profession but most are honest, caring individuals that have a protecting heart for others."

"Finally a positive story about law enforcement being treated very well as opposed to being refused service or being harmed from glass in their food," another wrote.

"Wonderful way to thank those officers!" commented another reader. "Thank you to the Outback employees who showed respect and appreciation." 

Some thought more people should appreciate the work the police do in the community.

"I'm a retired police officer," one reader wrote. "Unfortunately, I had to retire as disabled due to almost being killed in the line of duty while putting my life on the line for people I had never even met. Stories of cops being disrespected angers and frustrate me because those same cowards, who wouldn't even think of pinning on a badge to put their lives on the line, call the police the fastest, and most often, when their lives or property are in danger."

"Too bad more people do not appreciate what they do every day because they chose to protect and serve," added another. "Bless these 2 for having such a good heart." 

Sources: WVUE / Featured Image: Fastily/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: WVUE, Alton/Wikimedia Commons