As a group of police officers were preparing to pay for their bill, they were caught by surprise when they saw a handwritten note scribbled on the back of the receipt by a waitress. What the waitress wrote brightened up their gloomy day!
It was a sad day for a group of nine officers as they gathered at a Red Robin restaurant in Polaris, Ohio, after the funeral of a fallen officer, Steven Smith, 54.
Smith, who had been serving the Columbus Police Division for 27 years, died two days after being shot in the head during a standoff, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
The grieving officers sat down and were served by a young waitress, Jessica Dunbar.
Dunbar greeted them, asking, “Having a rough day?”
“One guy said, you know, it’s always a rough day when you gotta put a brother in the ground,” Dunbar told WCMH Columbus.
Upon hearing that, Dunbar teared up. Her father had been a retired police officer, serving Blendon Township for 31 years. Thus, she knew how hard it was to be constantly worried about a family member, whose life is on the line every day.
“He [Officer Smith] left behind a wife and kids. It could’ve been me. It could’ve been my dad,” Dunbar told NBC4.
To cheer up these mourning officers, who are risking their lives every day to protect others, Dunbar did something amazing.
“I just wanted to do something nice,” Dunbar said. “You can’t put a dollar amount on making somebody happy.”
On the back of the $123 bill, Dunbar wrote: “Your bill is on me today. I can’t imagine the day you all have had, let alone what you go through everyday. I hope your days get better.. so much respect. #PoliceLivesMatter #RIPOfficerSmith.”
The officers were moved by Dunbar’s surprising act of kindness. They shook her hand and thanked her for the treat.
“It really touched all of our hearts,” said one of the officers, Lt. Jeff Shelton. “We weren’t expecting to be treated any different than normal, and just for somebody to come and do that, it really made our day.”
“We were crying all day,” added Lt. Jeff Shelton, in another interview with FOX News.
The officers also expressed their gratitude in a Facebook post, which went viral.
“Thank you Jessica from Red Robin Gourmet Burgers in Columbus, Ohio!!!” wrote Wellington Police Department, Columbus Division of Police.
“To have them shake my hand and say ‘thank you’ to me, that was incredible,” Dunbar said.