On a Tuesday afternoon, two Madison County Sheriff officers were enjoying lunch when they were treated to an amazing twist. Instead of simply taking their bill at Rexburg’s Frescos Kitchen & Grill, their waitress thought a sincere message conveying her thanks was also in order — however she didn’t stop there.
The server opted to pay up their bill as well, as she disclosed in a heartfelt thank-you email to the deputies who were anticipating their money. “I know it’s not even close to enough, but this one’s on me as a small ‘thank you,’” the message said. “You guys sacrifice so much for us & I greatly appreciate it. A great big ‘thank you’ to all the men and women who serve us. Have a great day.”
The thank-you message from their waiter, who gladly covered the bill for their meal, moved the deputies, and they weren’t alone. Their colleagues were apparently affected by the gesture as well, leading the sheriff’s office to write a “message” of their own. The deputies’ supervisor expressed their thanks on social media, posting a photograph of the server’s wonderful deed.
Once again, the community’s wonderful support shows! This is a snapshot of the letter placed on the tab of two of their officers at Frescos Kitchen & Grill by their server after they had lunch this afternoon, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office stated on Facebook, accompanied by a photograph of the server’s note.
Once again the incredible support from our community shines! This is a photo of the note left on the tab of two of our…Posted by Madison County Sheriff Idaho on Tuesday, 11 July 2017
They cannot describe how grateful they are. This is always unexpected and always tugs at their hearts here at the Sheriff’s Office, the tweet added. They love their amazing town and are honored to serve here; they understand they have tremendous community support, yet it still surprises them when such compassion is demonstrated to them.
The message ended with a heartfelt thank you, particularly to the unselfish servant.
Of course, social media users praised the nice act as an amazing way to pay it forward, demonstrating that it’s the simple things that make a difference. And it’s no surprise that such a simple thing has such a large effect because it’s a welcome diversion from the sad tales that too often dominate our headlines, concerning law enforcement personnel and the scrutiny, prejudice, and even violence they often experience.
When a cop can’t even get a drink without fear of the person behind the counter fouling it in some obscene or inappropriate way, it’s nice to know that there are plenty of members of the public and the foodservice industry who acknowledge that the vast majority of police officers are actually courteous, empathetic, and caring people who want to do their job — and get home safely.
It must be difficult to defend and serve when you are despised by the exact people you are defending and serving. Not to add the anxiety of not knowing if a person with an anti-cop attitude may attack you. Receiving a reminder that there are folks who respect your willingness to put your life on the line for others must bring some solace.
Maybe we can all learn from this waitress and learn to be more grateful to those who keep our towns secure. It’s a difficult profession that seldom receives the recognition it deserves. Congratulations to the courageous men and women who are ready to suit up and do it — and a sincere thank you to those who come forward to express their gratitude.