The Note On The Bill Made The Pregnant Waitress Cry Her Heart Out

Published on 09/27/2020
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It was just another ordinary day for this pregnant waitress; nothing really special. She went on her day at work, just her normal routine. However, little did she know, something unexpected will happen to her at work. She did not know that that day would be different, and her make burst into tears.

Struggling More Than Usual

This pregnant lady was really having a hard time at work since she was already in her third trimester. She was feeling heavy, and her back ached a lot, which was an expected effect whenever you’re in your later part of pregnancy. As she collected the bills on the table, she was taking just tiny steps.

Struggling More Than Usual

Struggling More Than Usual

Straight To Her Manager

Upon reaching the table to collect the bills, she opened up the folder, and to her surprise, she saw a note from the police officer. When she was able to read the letter, she immediately ran to her manager, while on the verge of crying, and showed it.

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Straight To Her Manager

Saving For The Baby

The pregnant lady’s name is Courtney Cadigan. She was already eight months pregnant at that time, yet she continued to work for her baby’s future. She wanted to be financially stable once her baby arrives so she won’t be having any problems by then.

Saving For The Baby

Saving For The Baby

Every Cent

Courtney Cadigan covered all the shifts she can at the Lamp Post Diner. She needed to prepare for the arrival of her baby. Everyone knows how hard it is to grow kids, especially when it comes to providing their financial needs. For her, every cent matters and counts.

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Every Cent

Difficult Work

For people’s information, being a waiter or a waitress is quite hard. Aside from having low salaries, it’s indeed tiring as they have to stand for hours collecting bills, serving people’s food, taking orders, and cleaning up. Also, most people do not tip enough, which doesn’t help their situation. However, having something is better than nothing, right?

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Difficult Work

Not A Regular

Lamp Post Diner has pretty much regular customers. It is really common for restaurants to have people coming back, especially when they enjoyed the food you were serving them. Often, Lamp Post Diner’s regulars are policemen. They stop by before their shift and eat. However, on this particular day, Courtney encountered one she wasn’t able to recognize.

Not A Regular

Not A Regular

Quite Surprising

When the police officer finished eating and left the diner, Courtney proceeded to his spot to clean up and collect the bill. However, when she opened it up, she received a note. It was her first time to receive such a letter, and she wasn’t ready for it.

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Quite Surprising

Thoughts Racing Through Her Mind

Her estimated date of delivery was on April’s Foods Day. It was indeed getting nearer, and she was getting worried about the expenses she was about to have; for the hospital bills and especially the baby’s needs. Unfortunately, she wasn’t on good terms with her baby’s father, so the pressure was all on her.

Thoughts Racing Through Her Mind

Thoughts Racing Through Her Mind

All Alone

Those were the thoughts that were running through her mind just before the police officer came into the diner. She was consumed by her thoughts that day. However, she was still able to work; she took the menu and gave it to the police officer. She then welcomed him into the joint.

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All Alone

Something Was Up

Courtney was so used to seeing the police officers in the diner. She knew they were from the Voorhees Township Police Department. That day when she saw a police officer, she did not recognize at all; she knew something was up. However, she just could not figure out what it was.

Something Was Up

Something Was Up

Even Stranger

Courtney knew something was up with the police officer that she did not recognize. However, she shrugged the idea and went on to take his order, just like what she usually does with the other customers. Once she was able to approach him, it got stranger from there.

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Even Stranger

Her Worries

Courtney was not a selfish mother. She wanted her ex to be involved with their baby’s life; that’s why she was getting all worried that her ex had still not contacted her after they broke up. They did not really end on good terms, making the situation harder for her and her baby.

Her Worries

Her Worries

Putting On A Smile

Courtney’s ex-boyfriend had not really been good to her. He did not treat her with respect and the treatment she deserved. We guess it was pretty obvious since he left Courtney alone even though he knew she was pregnant. However, Courtney just set aside her thoughts and went on to take the order of the officer.

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Putting On A Smile

Slightly Uncomfortable

When the unknown police officer arrived and sat, Courtney somehow felt uneasy and uncomfortable. She still went to collect his order even though she was feeling that way. When she reached him, she carefully looked at his face and studied it for quite a while, trying to figure him out.

Slightly Uncomfortable

Slightly Uncomfortable

Stony-Faced Officer

Even after studying his face and trying to figure the officer out, Courtney can’t really seem to decipher him. She thought he was probably from a different town or just doesn’t frequently eat in the diner she was working at. If the officer was there for something else, she was hoping it did not involve his ex-boyfriend.

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Stony-Faced Officer

An Awkward Situation

Courtney was kind of intrigued about the police officer that just came in the diner. She knew something’s wrong, and she wanted to figure out what it was. When she was taking his order, she was trying to converse with him in small talk, commenting about the weather, his order, and anything that came into her mind that moment. However, the officer wasn’t cooperating.

An Awkward Situation

An Awkward Situation

An Odd Order

Courtney has finally taken his order. It was just one order of salad and a glass of water, which seemed odd, but she did not mind it anyway. She was just thankful that she was finally out of the awkward situation she was in minutes ago. When she walked away, Courtney knew that the police officer was watching him.

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An Odd Order

Becoming Busy

Courtney has finally taken his order. It was just one order of salad and a glass of water, which seemed odd, but she did not mind it anyway. She was just thankful that she was finally out of the awkward situation she was in minutes ago. When she walked away, Courtney knew that the police officer was watching him.

Becoming Busy

Becoming Busy

A Simple Explanation

When she finally reached the couple to entertain them and get their orders, the couple immediately noticed her big baby bump and tired eyes. She remembered telling them, “I was telling the people at the table behind him that it was my first baby. was going out of work soon.”

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A Simple Explanation

Watching Her Every Move

Before the couple gave Courtney their orders, they congratulated her first, learning that it was her first baby. Courtney took the salad out of the counter and delivered it straight to the police officer. She knew he was still watching her. Courtney went to the other customers that were waiting to be entertained. As she did so, the police officer watched her move even more.

Watching Her Every Move

Watching Her Every Move

Asking For The Check

After Courtney gave the police officer’s order, she noticed that he finished it up very quickly. He raised his hand to let them know that he wanted to have the bill already. Courtney did so immediately. She handed the bill to the police officer.

Asking For The Check

Asking For The Check

Filling Up

Right after giving the police officer his bill, Courtney went on with her work. The diner was getting filled up with more customers as time passes by that day that she did not even notice that the police officer left already. She continued taking customers’ orders and serving their orders.

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Filling Up

The Note

When she proceeded to the table where the police officer sat, she immediately took the leather folder to collect the payment. The money that he left was sufficient to pay for his order. However, there was something written on the bill. Courtney couldn’t believe what she saw; the note was directed at her.

The Note

The Note

What Was The Problem?

What could be the message on the bill that the police officer left for Courtney? Maybe he thought that her service was too slow since she was taking small steps every time she walked. One other reason could be that he wasn’t happy with her service and felt that he was being ignored, given that there were a lot of customers. Courtney remembered afterwards, “He must have overheard my conversation with other customers.”

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What Was The Problem?

Good Luck

The note was picked up by Courtney, and it says, “Enjoy ur 1st. You will never forget it.” He wrote it beside the $9.00 charge for his meal. Courtney was probably right about him overhearing her conversation with the couple she served that same day.

Stunned

Good Luck

In Disbelief

She couldn’t believe what she saw after looking down the tip amount. Courtney was stunned at the generosity of the police officer. Her hormones were raging because of the police officer’s surprise to her; she ran inside the diner’s office while crying in disbelief.

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In Disbelief

Distraught Employee

Although she tried her best not to show her tears falling non-stop, she did not succeed. Courtney went to the back room and cried because of what just happened. Her manager saw her crying and went to her immediately, thinking that something bad happened to her.

Distraught Employee

Distraught Employee

Was It A Mistake?

In Courtney’s mind, she thought that the police officer might have made a mistake in giving her a huge tip. Maybe he just meant to provide her with $10.00, or perhaps he didn’t see his bill clearly and thought it was more than $9.00. Both scenarios were unlikely to happen. The police officer indeed left her with a $100.00 tip.

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Was It A Mistake?

No Communication

“We didn’t really even talk. I brought him his menu, he ordered a salad, and I got it for him. I was telling the people at the table behind him that it was my first baby,” Courtney said. He most likely heard Courtney when she talked to the couple behind her and decided to make her day with such a gesture.

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No Communication

Out Of Breath

From all the crying she went through because of what happened that day, Courtney was out of breath. She paused for a minute or two to collect herself and explain everything that just happened to her. The police officer gave him a hundred dollar tip!

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Out Of Breath

Small-Town Girl

It was indeed a good day for Courtney. Aside from the fact that she received a huge tip, she was even more amazed that a complete stranger did it for her. She knew these kinds of stories exist in reality, and it wasn’t possible. However, she couldn’t imagine and did not expect that something like that will happen to a small-town girl like her.

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Small-Town Girl

A Blessing

“It’s truly a blessing to come across people like him, and I’m forever thankful for that,” she mentioned to the Gloucester Township Patch. Courtney was thinking of thanking the police officer in person. She knew it was the last thing that she can do to show gratitude.

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A Blessing

Nowhere In Sight

When Courtney finally calmed herself, she immediately went outside to check if the police officer was still there so she could thank him for his kindness. However, the police officer already left, and he was nowhere in sight. Courtney wondered if she would still meet him, given that she wasn’t even able to get his name.

Nowhere In Sight

Nowhere In Sight

Sharing The Note

After work, Courtney immediately went home and called the Voorhees Township Police Department. She looked for the police officer that she encountered earlier in her shift, hoping that she will be able to talk to him. Courtney shared what happened to her to his father, Brian.

Sharing The Note

Sharing The Note

Grateful

Brian, Courtney’s father, learned about what happened to her daughter that day. He was really stunned at the police officer’s generosity that he decided to post the note on Facebook. He said, “What a wonderful person to not only leave a very generous tip but a lovely message too.”

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Grateful

The Post

He then added to his post, “It’s not the amount, it’s the humanity of it. He saw she was struggling and a young girl. She was working in a diner while pregnant, standing with that kind of weight on her, and it was his way of saying, ‘I understand your struggle.’”

The Post

The Post

A Lasting Effect

That kind gesture of the police officer did more than just giving Courtney a tip. What happened affected Brian in a way that he wouldn’t forget his entire life. Maybe it did inspire him and made him realize something. What do you think it could be? Perhaps his perspective about police officers changed because of it. Let’s find out!

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A Lasting Effect

Changing Opinions

In the post that Brian wrote on Facebook, he also said, “You always hear about how bad the police are, how they treated you like dirt, how they are on a power trip. I am sure there are some bad apples, but most of them are just doing their jobs.”

Changing Opinions

Changing Opinions

Forever Impacted

“…they deal with the worst of society every day and have to keep going back every day and deal with it all over again,” he added. Brian’s view and opinion about police officers completely changed because of this unknown man. We hope that Brian’s post will reach him!

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Forever Impacted

A Viral Post

Brian did not intend to make his post viral, but it did. His post had over 10,000 reactions, thousands of comments, and thousands of shares in just one night. Now, people wanted to know more about what happened to Courtney that day and after. Everyone seemed pretty interested in how the story will turn out.

A Viral Post

A Viral Post

Shattering Misconceptions

As Brian’s post went viral, a lot of comments in his post were made. One comment said, “What a wonderful thing to do, this story warms my heart. I’ve always respected police officers.” More than just changing Brian’s perception about police officers, this unknown man’s gesture achieved more.

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Shattering Misconceptions

Help Pouring In

The post of Brian reached a lot of people as it went viral. Help was pouring in. People even called the Lamp Post Diner to look for Courtney as they wanted to help her. They were so moved with the story that they decided to help her too.

Help Pouring In

Help Pouring In

A Helping Hand

“They wanna know if they can help her because it’s the first child,” and he added, “It’s the gesture about somebody helping somebody else,” Victoria Sierra said, Courtney’s Manager. With all that was happening to Courtney at that moment, was she able to find the police officer to thank him personally?

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A Helping Hand

Staying Anonymous

The police officer that gave Courtney a $100 tip chose to stay completely anonymous. Maybe it was enough for him to know that he helped Courtney. However, will Courtney stop looking for him and just let him be, or will she continue looking for him to thank him?

Staying Anonymous

Staying Anonymous

Respecting His Wishes

Even when the police officer chose to stay anonymous, Brian and Courtney knew that they still had to show their gratitude. They wanted to thank him personally and be known as well for his kind gesture. How do you think they can do that if they didn’t know the police officer’s identity?

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Respecting His Wishes

Showing Their Gratitude

Brian and Courtney only thought of one way how they can show their gratitude towards the unknown police officer. They went to the Voorhees Police Department even if they did not know who he was and gave boxes of donuts, not just for him but also for the whole team.

Showing Their Gratitude

Showing Their Gratitude

Forever Grateful

The police officers who received the small gift of Brian and Courtney showed their gratitude as well via a Twitter post. They wrote, “Thanks to Brian Cadigan & Courtney English for bringing in treats for our staff this morning.” They assured the two that the police officer would be told how they were thankful for what he did.

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Forever Grateful

A Baby Girl

It’s not the end yet of Courtney’s story. There’s just a lot of plot twists that are about to happen to her situation. Courtney gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. What happened after that, she did not expect at all. It just gets more exciting from here! Are you ready to find out?

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A Baby Girl

A Beautiful Life

The father of Courtney’s baby girl finally came back in the picture! They made amendments and sorted out their issues just before their baby was born. It was good to know that they worked it out! Courtney’s worries were all gone, and everything just went right for her.

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A Beautiful Life

Love All Around

The name of Courtney’s baby girl is Kayleigh Ann. She was born on April 6 with a weight of 7 pounds and 3 ounces. Her parents welcomed her with so much love. We hope that someday her mom will tell her this truly inspiring story; that even a small act of kindness goes a long way.

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Love All Around

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