A Voorhees Township, New Jersey police officer left Courtney English, a waitress, a $100 tip along with a sweet note after finding out she was eight months pregnant. The server’s father Brian Cadigan, of Sewell, NJ, shared the story on Facebook over the weekend, posting a picture of the officer’s receipt and commending him on his generosity.
According to English, the officer just ordered a salad and water. He apparently overheard English tell other customers that her pregnancy was her first. Nick Hionas, the owner of the diner, said the officer recently had his first child so he was touched. He mentioned how the experience was the greatest day of his life and how it was going to change English’s life.
Cadigan noted that people always complain about the police but that most are simply doing their jobs, dealing with difficult situations and returning each day to serve and protect. He praised the police for doing work that “most people will never know about” before sharing the story of the officer’s act of kindness at the Lamp Post Diner in Clementon last Friday. He added that his daughter is working to save as much money as she can for her child.
According to Cadigan, after the officer finished his lunch, he signed the check and left a $100 tip for English, 21, on a $8.75 bill with a note that read “Enjoy your first, you will never forget it.”
English thought it was a mistake, but the hostess reassured her that it wasn't. English started crying, moved by the officer’s generosity, “This doesn't happen. It was really genuine. It was really nice," she said. English is expected to give birth to a baby girl on April 1 and says she’ll continue working at the Lamp Post Diner until the end of February. She has plans to name her daughter Kayleigh.
Cadigan said that although he didn’t know the police officer, he had made his daughter’s year. “What a wonderful person to not only leave a very generous tip, but a lovely message,” he wrote. “Thank you. I always had the utmost respect for Officers, but you went above and beyond. Not just an officer, but a beautiful human being. God Bless.”
Cadigan later confirmed that the officer who left the tip wanted to remain anonymous. “We love our police officers, and they are always cast in a bad light, sometimes justifiably,” he told Fox News. “I'm just glad that people see that there are real live human beings behind the badge and strive to do good.”
On Thursday, Cadigan and English brought treats to the Voorhees Police Department for officers and staff. The officer who left the tip was not present but staff assured them that they would tell him about the visit.