Being a cop is seldom thought easy, yet Officer Rance Quinn of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department has been feeling a greater burden with his job lately.
“It just seems like there’s a lot of anti-police type of activity going on. I know we’re unwanted but it makes us feel like we’re under-appreciated,” he told WDAF-TV.
On March 24 Quinn and his colleague went for a lunch to Chili’s. As the party at the table behind them got up to leave, one of them, a teenage girl, approached the officers, put a napkin on their table and left.
When Quinn looked at the napkin, he saw a message: “Thank you for keeping us safe.”
“This young lady touched us in a way she might not have realized,” Quinn wrote on his department’s Facebook page.
Before they could react, the family walked out. Quinn turned around and gave thumbs up in their direction. The girl smiled.
“We sat there and talked about what a fantastic gesture [that was],” Quinn wrote.
But that was not the end of it.
Next thing, a woman with two young children walked up to them and said her 5-year-old son, who is deaf, always wanted to meet a police officer.
“We interacted with our young friend,” Quinn wrote. “They walked off.”
Then the officers got up to pay. But the waitress told them the table behind them (the one where the note came from) paid their lunch.
“The waitress spoke about how much she supported us and could not thank us enough,” Quinn wrote. “What great people.”
But that was still not the end of it.
“So we got up and headed toward the front door and were stopped by the lady who introduced us to her son. She handed my coworker and I a gift card and told us how she really appreciated what we do. She spoke of her family in the military and she supports the military and law enforcement. She went on to say she always wanted to join but she is also deaf and could not. As I looked at her I could see true emotion in her eyes and she appeared to be tearing up. We tried to refuse the cards but she was having none of it. She said she wanted to buy our dinner but the other table did and bought us the cards instead. She left as we walked out.”
Quinn passed the gift card to a family in need, WDAF-TV reported.
“How awesome are all of these people!” Quinn wrote. “We actually said to each other let’s just stay at chili’s forever.”
Quinn said he kept the napkin—he carries it in his pocket.