4 cops were having regular meal at cafe. But this time the note on their check was unusual

Apr 26, 2018
02:15 A.M.
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While some Police Departments have public image problems, the officers from Siddle Loiusianna can't complain.


Four of the officers of the Siddel Louisianna Police Department were the target of public action on the part of the staff of a local Outback Steakhouse.

According to an article posted by, on the 29th of October 2017, manager Arline Wood and her server, Zoe Rao, saw four officers enter the restaurant and sit down to order dinner. 

Wood and Rao conferred and quickly decided they had to express their opinion as citizens, to let the police know how they felt about what was happening in their community. 

When the officers finished their meal, Wood and Rao acted, dropping the bill on the men's table, with a handwritten note they thought no-one would ever read. 


The two paid for the officers' $67 tab and thanked them for their part in keeping their city safe. 

"Thank y'all for y'all's service!" the note read. "Enjoy y'all's meal on us!"

The astonished officers handed the note over to the Slidell Police Department and it was posted on Facebook. The post was shared more than 1,000 times and went viral.


Wood first heard about it when she received a phone call the next morning thanking her for her gesture. After that, hundreds of fellow Siddel residents showed their approval of her gesture and their support for the Police Department. 

Policemen in Siddel and elsewhere were touched by the gesture, at a time when public and media sentiment seems to be more critical and accusatory then appreciative.

Wood shared her opinion that the police serve and protect her community often at the risk of their own lives, and she felt that their small gesture was inadequate thanks for their sacrifice.

One retired police officer who had been wounded in the line of duty wrote in and talked about his anger at the disrespect people show towards men who risk their lives every day against daunting odds.

He explained that the two women's gesture was all the more touching for its rarety and thoughtfulness.