A teenager left a lasting impression on two police officers after passing them a heartwarming message on a napkin.
The girl casually laid the note down on the table of officer Rance Quinn and his colleague as she left a Chili’s Grill & Bar in Kansas City, Kansas, with her family on Mar. 24, FOX 4 reports.
“Thanks for keeping us safe,” it read.
Quinn was even more stunned to later find out that the girl’s family had covered the officers’ check too.
He didn’t get the chance to thank the unidentified girl personally. So Quinn shared an image of the napkin on Facebook on Mar. 25, and it went viral after it was shared on the police department’s official Facebook account
“This young lady touched us in a way she might not have realized and before we could react to it the family walked out,” he wrote. “We sat there and talked about what a fantastic gesture.”
Quinn claimed in the Facebook post that “a significant anti-police movement” had built up over the last few years which caused many law enforcers “to want to give up.”
But he said it was this kind of reaction from the public that reminded him his job was worthwhile. “It seems though that the normally silent supporters are speaking out to support the profession,” he added.
The spontaneous acts of kindness in the restaurant towards the two officers didn’t end there. They then spent time with a 5-year-old boy who is deaf and whose mother said had “always wanted to meet a police officer.”
Another woman then approached them and offered to buy lunch. But as it was already paid for, she ended up forcing them to take a gift card, which the officers later passed on to a family in need.Quinn has carried the napkin around in his pocket ever since. He said it kept it going during difficult days. “We’re human too. We like to feel the love just like everybody else does,” he added.
A video of another police officer in southern California teaching a homeless 11-year-old girl how to play hopscotch also went viral this week.