Jessica Dunbar, a waitress at Red Robin in Columbus, Ohio, didn’t see anything unordinary when she saw nine cops sit in her section.
Shortly after they sat down Jessica couldn’t help but hear one of them say “It’s always a rough day when you’ve gotta put a brother in the ground,” and her heart sank. Jessica didn’t say anything or let them know she had overheard their conversation. Instead she left them a quite surprise when it was time for the bill.
When their $123 bill arrived with a total of $0.00, one officer turned it over to find Jessica’s note,
Your bill is on me today. I can’t imagine the day you all have had, let alone what you go through every day.
I hope your days get better. So much respect.
#WeSeeYou #PoliceLivesMatter #RIPOfficerSmith”
These men had just laid to rest Officer Steven M. Smith, a 27-year-veteran as of now working with the S.W.A.T. unit. During a standoff prior that week, Smith had been shot and languished over two days in the healing center before succumbing to his injuries. Officer Smith deserted a spouse and two grown-up youngsters.
The nine officers never expected Jessica’s small act of kindness while mourning their friend and colleague. According to NBC news affiliate WCMH-TV Columbus, Officer Wellington said, “It really touched all of our hearts. We weren’t expecting to be treated any different than normal, and just for somebody to come and do that, it really made our day.”
When asked why she did it, Jessica said “I just wanted to do something nice. You can’t put a dollar amount on making somebody happy.”