Police pay bill of couple who refused to sit near them

Police pay the bill of a couple who refused to sit next to them. When they learned a couple obviously was refusing to be seated near them at a Homestead Eat ‘N Park, instead of retaliating with more hate, the officers decided Eat ‘N Park was the place for smiles and they should respond with one.

Eat ‘N Park server Jesse Meyers explained what happened on Saturday.

“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.’ So they got moved completely opposite, away from the police officers.”

Homestead police Officer Chuck Thomas provided his side of the story and his thoughts on the man and woman not wanting to sit near him and his colleagues.

“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.”

After Thomas and his fellow officers discussed the situation, they came to the conclusion they had to pay the couple’s bill.

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“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 went further with why he felt this was the essential way to handle this.

“Tensions in the community were tight. A lot of people were coming up to us and shaking our hands and thanking us, but you could just feel tight air through the community,” Thomas said.

The total bill was for $28.50 plus a $10 tip.

“It just dawned on me, I should do this real quick just to show this guy look, I don’t know if you had bad experience with the police in the past — you may have you may have not — but I just want you to know I never had an experience with you and I’m not here to do anything to you. And neither will my partners,” Thomas said.

Not only did the officers want the couple to know, while there might be some “bad” cops, there are also many very “good” ones too. The officers did this by leaving a message on the bill they paid for.

“It just dawned on me, I should do this real quick just to show this guy look, I don’t know if you had bad experience with the police in the past — you may have you may have not — but I just want you to know I never had an experience with you and I’m not here to do anything to you. And neither will my partners,” Thomas said.

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