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Pa. police officer buys meal after man refused to sit by cops

New York Daily News New York Daily News 13/07/2016 TOBIAS SALINGER
Police Officer Chuck Thomas decided to pick up the couple's tab to send a message, he told ABC News. © (WTAE / ABC NEWS) Police Officer Chuck Thomas decided to pick up the couple's tab to send a message, he told ABC News.

A Pittsburgh-area police officer bought a couple’s dinner after a man said he didn’t want to sit next to four cops at a restaurant Friday night.

Homestead, Pa., Officer Chuck Thomas told ABC News he said “we won’t hurt you” but the man “looked at me hard again” and walked to a table on the other side of the Eat n' Park diner. Thomas posted a photo to Facebook of the receipt for the $28.58 meal.

“Sir, your check was paid for by the police officers that you didn’t want to sit next to,” he wrote in a handwritten note on the tab. “Thank you for your support. I left a $10.00 tip too.”


The encounter happened the night after a sniper at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas killed five police officers. The ambush, which followed police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana and protests around the country, has prompted questions about whether police officers feel supported by the communities they protect.

“The day after Dallas, it was tight. You could feel the tension in the air. A lot of people did come up to us and thank us and shook hands and spoke of their sorrow. This was the only negative experience of the day," Thomas told ABC.

He continued, “Essentially that was the whole goal of it was to let him know that we’re not to here to hurt you. We’re not here for that. We’re here for you. We work for the public, and we just want to better the relationship between the community and the police.

A server later told Thomas the couple seemed "thrown back by it" and laughed when they realized he paid.

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