An anonymous cop from South Jersey left a pregnant waitress in tears after he heard telling other diners about the upcoming birth of her first child and left her a whopping $100 tip on his $8.75 check.
Courtney English, 23, who is almost eight months pregnant, was serving the lunch crowd at the Lamp Post Diner in Clementon, NJ, on Friday when the Voorhees Township officer sat sat down for a salad and a glass of water.
The officer — apparently a new dad himself — left her a note reading, “Enjoy your first. You will never forget it.”
“He must have overheard my conversation with other customers when I told them that it was my first baby and that I was going out of work soon,” English explains..
“One of the cashiers told me he left me $100 and I started crying,” said English, has worked at the diner for almost two years and is due on April 1. “He had already left at that point.”
Brian Cadigan, her father was so touched by the generosity of the officer’s that he took to Facebook to deliver a message and shared a photo of the receipt.
“What a wonderful person to not only leave a VERY generous tip, but a lovely message, I don’t know you Mr Police Officer, but you made my little girl cry, and made her year,” he wrote about the member of Voorhees’ Finest, who has insisted on staying anonymous.
“Thank you, I always had the utmost respect for Officers, but you went above and beyond not just an officer, but a beautiful human being. God Bless.”
Cadigan described the “amazing gesture” on his post.
“It made her whole year. There’s a lot of bad stuff said about police and here’s one officer who went out of his way to make a generous offer just to say, ‘Hey, it’s your first and enjoy it,’” he said.
He added: “She texted me and said, ‘I just got a $100 tip from this nice officer who left me a note for the baby.’”
Cadigan explains his unmarried daughter, lives with him in Sewell, “works her butt off” to make ends meet while the baby’s father is also being “completely supportive.”
In 2015, English, earned her GED from Rowan College and planned to take six to eight weeks after the birth of her daughter — whom she intends to name Kayleigh once born.
She said she eventually hopes to pursue a career in nursing.
Meanwhile, diner owner Nick Hionas remarked that the story proves there is “faith left in humanity.” “It’s absolutely amazing,” he explains. “The officer just had a baby and he said it was the most glorious day of his life and how he’ll never forget it.”
Hionas, 39, described English as a “happy-go-lucky, sweet girl who goes above and beyond. Good things come to those who have that type of disposition,” he added about the mom-to-be.
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