When a group of police officers walked into the Red Robin restaurant where Jessica Dunbar worked, they didn’t expect to leave the restaurant in tears.
But Dunbar, mother and waitress at the franchise, knew she had “to do something nice” when she found out the nine officers seated in her section had just said goodbye to a fellow “brother,” Columbus SWAT Officer Steven Smith.
She had just asked the officers how their day was when one of them said, “It’s always a rough day when you have to put a brother in the ground.”
When she heard that, Dunbar, who has a deep appreciation for law enforcement, was touched and felt compelled to do something for the “men and women that protect us.”
The daughter of a retired police officer said it reminded her that it could have been her father, according to reporters.
When the officers finished their burger meal, Dunbar brought them their $123 check, paid in full by the waitress, with a note on the back.
“Officers, your bill is on me today,” she wrote. “I can’t imagine the day you all have had, let alone what you go through every day. I hope your days get better. So much respect. #WeSeeYou #PoliceLivesMatter #RIPOfficerSmith,” according to NBC4.
Dunbar’s kind gesture left the officer’s touched and the entire restaurant in tears. Lt. Jeff Shelton told NBC4, “It really touched our hearts. We were crying all day and then you got a bunch of guys and female officers in there crying. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place by the time we were done.”
Each and every of the nine officers thanked Dunbar and shook her hand as they left the restaurant in tears. But it was Dunbar that felt thankful and honored, “To have them shake my hand and say thank you to me…that was incredible.”
Dunbar said that when she told her retired police officer dad about what she did in the Red Robin that day, he was moved to tears, something she has never seen her father do before.