Outback Steakhouse comps cops' entire meal and leaves charming Southern note on receipt.

Outback Steakhouse comps cops' entire meal and leaves charming Southern note on receipt.
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An unprompted gesture of kindness made a calorie-rich dinner extra satisfying for four Louisiana cops.

Four Slidell Police officers were shocked, and beyond surprised, when they received their bill from Outback Steakhouse...

Posted by Slidell Police Department on Thursday, September 10, 2015

This is the kind of story that just makes you feel good — the same way you feel after a large meal at Outback Steakhouse. Specifically, it makes you feel warm, satisfied, and sleepy, giving you a moment to ignore all the horrible problems and violence in the world while you drift off into a nap right there in a booth, pausing only to unbutton your pants.

It all started when four police officers from Slidell, Louisiana sat down to eat at their local Outback location. They enjoyed a large meal, including crispy shrimp, sirloin steaks, tacos, cheesecake, and Chocolate Thunder from Down Under. Their bill came out to a respectable $67.43, except that it didn't. When they got their receipt, the tab was paid, and a personal message was handwritten on it:

"Be safe! Thank y'all for y'all's service. Enjoy your meal on us!"
- Arline and Zoë

Touched by the kindness of Arline (the manager) and Zoë (the waitress), the cops shared an image of the receipt on the SPD Facebook page, where it's received a groundswell of support.

The cops pointed out in their post that they weren't able to accept the generosity. Ethics laws demanded that they leave a tip which covered the cost of the food and more. But it's good that they did the right thing, and at least Zoë got a nice chunk of change in return for her generosity.

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There's no part of this story that isn't heartwarming. Consider our hearts stuffed. Now excuse us while we pass out on the couch.

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