A quiet, anonymous gesture from a stranger made a big impact on 23-year-old Courtney English.
While awaiting the arrival of her first child, she remained busy working as a waitress at The Lamp Post Diner in Gloucester, New Jersey. She was doing her best to pay her bills while at the same time save as much money as possible. Children aren’t cheap, and it would be no different with the baby girl she’d meet in a few months’ time.
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The Lamp Post is a popular lunch spot for many local police officers, so seeing them come and go was not unusual. However, the actions of one officer were definitely not the norm.
English took his order and served him his lunch. They even chatted for a few moments. But there was a larger party at a nearby table that required attention, and she moved on about her business.
The party at that table was excited about her pregnancy and asked questions, questions she answered while working their table. Things like when the baby was due and if this was her first child.
All of this took place within the hearing of the Voorhees Township Police Department officer.
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Not much later a coworker called her over. They wanted English to see the receipt one of her customers had left for her.
According to English,
“One of the cashiers told me he left me $100, and I started crying. He had already left at that point.”
She had served the officer a salad that cost $8.75. A 20% tip on that would be $1.75 but the officer left her a tip of $100!
Understandably, she was in shock. The two of them hadn’t shared any meaningful conversation and nothing about the baby.
In an interview with NJ.com she said,
“We didn’t really even talk. I was telling the people at the table behind him that it was my first baby.”
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The officer who has asked to be left anonymous, added some words of encouragement to the receipt.
And it seems he would be in the unique position of being able to share this information since he was a new dad himself. Maybe that’s what prompted him to make this gesture. One that even had an impact on English’s father.
He didn’t know the identity of the man who so generously helped his daughter, but he took to Facebook with a thank you of his own.
One of the things he shared in his post addressed the officer directly. He said,
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“I don’t know you Mr Police Officer, but you made my little girl cry, and made her year. Thank you.”
As for English herself, she too wants to sing the praises of the officer. She passed a message on to him while speaking on camera with KYW-TV .
“Definitely, thank you. It really means a lot. It’s been really hard saving for the past couple months, so it was really, really amazing.”
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Source: NY Post