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08-22-07, 01:32 PM #1
Paying for officers' meals
Hi there. If I were out and about in Fairfax County, Va., and saw a cop eating at a restaurant or ordering behind me in the drive through, and I paid for the cop's meal without saying anything to the cop, would that get the cop in trouble. Cause that sounds kind of fun -- in a pay nice things forward kind of way -- but I don't want to get anyone in trouble.
08-22-07, 01:36 PM #2
No I see no reason that an officer would be in any trouble or encounter any ethical problem the meal was paid for and there is no expection of special treatment from you or the business.
I have had this happen to me once before and I spent the rest of the day trying to reminber the faces I had seen in the restaurant to figure out who had paid for the meal.
08-22-07, 01:56 PM #3
No reason to be in trouble over it, and I'm sure it's happened to almost everyone at some point in time.
Most departments have some type of policy in place to not accept gratuities, however if we don't know who paid, you hardly can hardly argue that the person is expecting something in return."Like" us on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Offic...93147194083228
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08-22-07, 02:53 PM #5
It doesn't happen often but it is a pleasant surprise. You will also remind that officer that not everybody hates the cops.
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08-22-07, 03:20 PM #6
I had this happen to me before as well. I asked the cashier who it was and she was like someone over there (as she points to a large crowd). I still have no idea who paid for it but if I could have thanked them I would have. When I'm not on active duty I've paid for other service members meals before and a good jesture.Just because your sign off after you're shift is done, doesn't mean that it's over and put blinders on. You're a cop 24/7 wether you like it or not. If thats something you can't handle, you should find a new line of work!
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Wow! I do that all the time! When I pass a small restaurant and I see a couple of cops eating I go to the cashier and tell her/him I'll pay for their meal then I leave. I don't want any thanks, I'm not doing it for that. I want them to know that someone knows they exist and appreciates them.
When I lived in the States, every Chirstmas I would send a 5-lb box of Sees chocolates to the local police station. Again no name or anything. Same reason.
08-22-07, 08:24 PM #8
We appreciate stuff like that. Reminds us that people out there do care.The opinions given in my posts DO NOT reflect the opinions, views, policies, and/or procedures of my employing agency. They are my personal opinions only, thereby releasing my agency of any liability, or involvement in anything posted under the username "Beans" on LEF.
08-22-07, 08:38 PM #9
"Stupid should hurt."
08-25-07, 10:55 PM #10
We paid but with a little twist
As a former restaurant manager, we received several company complimentary meals to use for whatever reason.
When an officer, paramedic, emt, fireman, etc., would want to pay, we would just say that "it has been taken care of"
So the bill was paid, not by another customer, but by the restaurant.If the grass is always greener on the other side, stop pissing on yours.
08-25-07, 11:15 PM #11
Thanks, everyone! It feels good to be appreciated!
08-25-07, 11:40 PM #12
I've had this happen to me. It made me feel pretty good. A little embarrassed but good.*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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I've had people offer, I say no. After I was already working int he streets, saw one fo the guys who was just about to graduate in his patrol uniform heading into the city to do the new years eve detail in uniform. I paid for his coffee for him @ DD, he tried to say no, I didn't let him.
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It's happened to me a couple of times, too... Sometimes anonymously, sometimes not.
Either way, I'm still a little uncomfortable simply because I do get paid, and, in all honesty, well enough that I can't really complain. (Doesn't mean that I don't, though! :wink: ) It's a nice gesture, and always appreciated... but it's still not necessary.
08-26-07, 08:54 PM #15
I've had this happen a couple of times. Two different resturaunts, someone paid for the three of us on both occaisions. Before a couple of guys from interdiction and myself went to the interstate. Also two different parishes, neither of which we work"People too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage yours!"
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09-02-07, 04:30 AM #16
I had someone ahead of me in the drive thru line at Whataburger pay for my meal a few weeks ago. It had been a night from hell, raining hard, flooding, my boots were soaked and stupid calls all night. Grabbing a burger on the run. Whoever was in that white Chrysler 300 with Texas plates... thanks, you made my shift so much better.
09-02-07, 05:18 AM #17
09-02-07, 05:32 AM #18
I think it's a great idea and I can't imagine anyone taking offense over it.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
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