Women pick up Slidell police tab at steak restaurant

Women pick up police tab at steak restaurant
Published: Sep. 11, 2015 at 9:05 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2015 at 10:46 PM CDT
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SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A simple act of kindness is making big waves after a manager and her server at Outback Steakhouse picked up the check for a group of dining police officers.

Arline Wood, who's worked at the Outback in Slidell for 18 years, and her server, Zoë Rao, decided to make sure the four police officers who spent their dinner break at the restaurant knew how much they were appreciated.

"They're the sweetest guys, I enjoy waiting on them," Rao said.

"They care about the community, they care about everybody, they're just great guys, our whole police force is great and these guys at night, I went to Zoe and I said, let's take care of it," Wood said.

The pair picked up the $67 tab and added a small note thanking them for their service. The next day, Slidell Police posted a picture of the receipt on Facebook, which was quickly shared more than 1,000 times, but the duo never expected the attention.

I got a phone call early in the morning and I was like what are you talking about? People were calling me and then we saw it on Facebook, then it's on this one and that one, and we didn't do it for this publicity, because lord knows I don't like all this publicity,” Wood joked.

Now they hope their simple act will encourage others to give thanks to the men and women who risk their lives daily to keep communities safe.
The Slidell Police Department says the four police officers gave a hefty tip to Rao to return the thanks.

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