There’s a Mexican restaurant in a tired looking strip mall that I’ve driven by many times over the years. From the outside, I couldn’t tell if it was a sit down place or one where you ordered at the counter.
It turned out to be a sit down place with loud music and bright colors inside. I normally don’t eat at sit down places because I want my food quick in case I have to run. The food took a long time to come out, but it ended up being good.
When the check came I got a surprise I had never seen before in my 22 year career. There was a neatly written message on a Post It that said, “Thank you for your service and all you do for our city.”
When she came back I thanked the waitress for her note. In heavily accented English, she told me how much she appreciated what the police do and that she had moved here from Mexico two years ago.
The waitress said she loved it here and it was much better than where she came from. She also said she was going to take a class at Fullerton College to work on her English. You could tell she felt lucky to live here.
It’s not every day someone takes the time to write an encouraging note like that to the cops. It was a good reminder that there are good people out there among the negatively and evil we see on the streets.
That note was also a good reminder to all of us to never forget those people who support the Thin Blue Line because they’re the ones who need us just like we need them.