A South Jersey police officer gave a pregnant server a $100 tip on his $8.75 bill after hearing her telling other diners about the impending birth of her first child.
The Voorhees Township cop sat down for a salad and a drink of water on Friday at the Lamp Post Diner in Clementon, NJ, where Courtney English, 23, who is nearly eight months pregnant, was serving the lunch throng.
Enjoy your first, the policeman wrote in a note he left for her after becoming a father himself. You won’t soon forget it.
When I told other clients that I was expecting my first child and that I would soon be leaving my job, he must have overheard our talk. English told The Post on Monday.
English, who has intermittently worked at the cafe for two years and is expecting on April 1, said, “One of the cashiers told me he left me $100 and I started bawling.” At that point, “he had already departed.”
English’s father, Brian Cadigan, was so moved by the officer’s kind deed that he posted a picture of the receipt and a message of gratitude on Facebook.
He said of the Voorhees’ Finest member who has insisted on anonymity, “What a fantastic individual to not only leave a VERY substantial gratuity, but a lovely message, I don’t know you Mister Police Officer, but you made my young child weep, and made her year.”
I’ve always had the biggest regard for police officers, but you went above and beyond to be a wonderful human being in addition to an officer. God bless you.
To The Post, Cadigan referred to the “wonderful gesture.”
“That changed her entire year. There are many negative things spoken about cops, but here’s one who went above and above to extend a kind offer just to say, “Hey, it’s your first and enjoy it,” he said.
She contacted me, saying, “I just received a $100 tip from this kind officer who left me a letter for the kid,” he said.
Even though her ex-boyfriend, the baby’s father, is still “totally supportive,” Cadigan claimed that his unmarried daughter, who lives with him in Sewell, “works her butt off” to make ends meet.
English, who obtained her GED from Rowan College in 2015, intends to take a break between six and eight weeks after the birth of her daughter, Kayleigh.
She stated that she intends to eventually seek a profession as a nurse.
Owner of the restaurant Nick Hionas stated that the tale shows that there is still “hope in humanity.”
It’s very great, he said on Monday, according to The Post. The cop recently gave birth, and he described it as the most wonderful day of his life, one he will never forget.
English is a “happy-go-lucky, kind child who goes above and beyond,” according to Hionas, 39.
He continued, “Good things occur to individuals who have that type of mindset.