For this pregnant waitress, the day began just like any other. She didn’t know that something would happen at work that would make her break down in tears and change her life. Keep reading to learn about what happened that day.
Struggling More Than Usual
That day, she struggled more than usual. She was in her third trimester already, and she grew big. Her back was sore, her feet heavy. To collect the bill and the dishes, she waddled to the table. By then, however, the police officer had already left.
Straight To Her Manager
She found a note left for her by the officer when she opened the folder containing the check. She couldn’t stop herself. As she fought to contain her tears, she went straight to her manager.
Saving For The Baby
She may have been pregnant for eight months, but Courtney Cadigan didn’t stop working at the Lamp Post Diner and she did all the shifts she could manage. By the time the baby arrived, she thought about the future and wanted to have financial stability.
Courtney was about to become a mother and knew that saving as many resources as possible was very important. We all know how expensive kids are!
Waiting on tables is a difficult job. Many people don’t know that waiters and waitresses have to be on their feet for a few hours, but they still earn meager wages. Many customers also do not tip nearly enough, which does not help the situation.
Not A Regular
There were regular costumers at the diner, including policemen who would have something to eat before their shift began. But that day, there was an officer who came that Courtney did not recognize.
The cop left some money for his meal and a note for Courtney. Before, she had never received a note like that. She was quite surprised, to say the least, and wasn’t ready for it.
Thoughts Racing Through Her Mind
She was due to give birth on April Fools, and it was fast approaching. Courtney was certainly worried that she wouldn’t make ends meet. To make matters worse, she and id Nthe father of her baby ended their relationship badly.
She would’ve had to face motherhood on her own. When the officer came into the diner and sat down, Courtney was thinking about all of this. She walked over to him and welcomed the cop with the menu.
Something Was Up
The regulars at the diner are police officers from the Voorhees Township Police Department. She had a feeling that something was up when Courtney saw an officer she did not recognize.
Courtney walked over to the police officer, trying not to think too much about it. She took his order the same way she would with other customers. From there, though, the encounter only became strange.
It’s been a while since Courtney heard from her ex, which has been quite worrying. Despite the bad end of their relationship, the expectant mother wanted her baby’s father to engage in the child’s life.
Putting On A Smile
Courtney’s ex didn’t really treat her with respect she deserved. Nonetheless, she pushed aside those thoughts and pulled out her pad with a smile, and got ready to take note of the officer’s order.
When the mystery officer walked into the diner, Courtney felt slightly uncomfortable. She was pretty sure it was the first time she saw him. She looked at his face carefully while talking to him and tried to place him.
Perhaps he’s not from this area. Courtney only hoped that her ex wasn’t involved or that she wasn’t in trouble. Her fears were, however, not calmed by the stony face of the officer.
An Awkward Situation
Courtney did everything she could to try to exchange pleasantries. She tried to engage the officer in small talk. Each time she did, however, he would shut her down. She said something about the weather and his order, but he just nodded and smiled.
An Odd Order
The officer ordered a green salad and drinking water. While she was relieved to be out of this really awkward situation, she knew that he was watching her carefully as she waddled over to the kitchen.
Courtney saw the diner had filled up after coming back from the kitchen. Behind the officer was a couple sitting. Immediately, she approached them and introduced herself.
A Simple Explanation
The couple saw her big baby bump and tired eyes right away, but she shrugged off their worries. Courtney explained the situation, and she said, “I was telling the people at the table behind him that it was my first baby.” She also added, “I was going out of work soon.”
Watching Her Every Move
The couple congratulated Courtney warmly before they told her their orders. They were not aware that the cop heard every word. She served his salad and then went to serve the other customers, and the officer watched every move.
Asking For The Check
The officer devoured his salad. He also very quickly chugged a glass of water. He raised his hand to ask for the bill. Courtney carried out the check and the total amount was $9.00.
The diner was getting busier, so Courtney left the officer and hurried to get the diners’ orders. When he left, she was still doing her duties, so she did not notice that he had already walked out.
There was enough cash to cover the meal when Courtney finally saw the leather folder. However, a note directed at her was written on the bill, and it made her knees weak.
What Was The Problem?
“He must have overheard my conversation with other customers,” Courtney later recalled. What was the note about? Was it disgraceful for her to work while she was pregnant? Or maybe he thought the service was prolonged because she couldn’t move around quickly.
Slowly and carefully, she read the note. Courtney couldn’t believe her eyes! He wrote on the bill: “Enjoy ur 1st. You will never forget it.” The note was $9. How lovely it was that he wished her luck!
Courtney almost fell over when she saw the tip, and with her pregnancy hormones raging, she couldn’t believe the generosity of the man. She was close to tears, unable to stop herself. She went immediately to her manager.
Courtney went inside the back room with the bill in hand, trying to stop her tears yet failing miserably. Her boss, seeing that her employee was distraught, thought something terrible had happened.
Was It A Mistake?
Maybe it was a mistake or the officer couldn’t see very well. Perhaps he thought he had to pay more, or he just meant to give $10.00, not $100. These scenarios, though, did not sound plausible. Courtney could not believe that the $100 tip was his intention to leave.
Later, Courtney said, “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.” The man must have heard what she said to the other customers and decided to help!
Out Of Breath
She explained everything after having taken the time to catch her breath. However, Courtney still couldn’t believe it. The man left a tip of $100, which was far more than she’d earned for the whole day!
Courtney had a hard time believing that someone would do a really good thing for her, especially a complete stranger! She knew there were stories like this, but she only saw them in the news. It happened to other people, too, and not to a small-town girl like herself. Nothing like this had previously happened to her.
“It’s truly a blessing to come across people like him and I’m forever thankful for that,” Courtney told the Gloucester Township Patch. She thought of showing the officer her gratitude in person once she recovered from her shock. Was it possible, though?
Nowhere In Sight
Hoping that the officer had not left yet, Courtney went in a hurry to the parking lot, but after discovering that he was no longer there, her heart fell. When she didn’t even know his name, how would she look for a nice officer?
Sharing The Note
She phoned the Voorhees Township Police Department to try and track the kind officer down when Courtney came home from her shift. She also recounted to her father, Brian, what happened to her at work.
Her father was really surprised by that generous tip, and he decided to post a picture of the note that Courtney got on Facebook. “What a wonderful person to not only leave a VERY generous tip but a lovely message too,” he wrote.
Brian continued, “It’s not the amount, it’s the humanity of it.” He also said, “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.’”
A Lasting Effect
That day, though, the mystery officer did more. He had a tremendous impact on Courtney’s dad, who would remain with her dad for a long time. What are we talking about exactly?
In his Facebook post, Brian wrote: “You always hear about how bad the police are, how they treated you like dirt, how they are on a power trip.” He continued, “I am sure there are some bad apples, but most of them are just doing their jobs”.
“…they deal with the worst of society every day and have to keep going back every day and deal with it all over again.” Because of the generous officer, the opinion Brian had about police officers changed.
A Viral Post
In no time did Brian’s post on Facebook become viral. It received a remarkable 10,000 reactions, received a thousand comments, and was shared thousands of times. The story of Courtney was something that people couldn’t get enough of.
“What a wonderful thing to do, this story warms my heart. I’ve always respected police officers,” one commenter wrote. The post did not just shatter misconceptions about cops but also…
Help Pouring In
When her father’s post went viral, people around the world have gotten in touch with Courtney. The Lamp Post Diner received many calls from people who were interested in contacting her. In order to help her out, most of them wanted to donate money.
A Helping Hand
Manager Victor Sierra explained, “They wanna know if they can help her because it’s the first child.” He went on and added, “It’s the gesture about somebody helping somebody else.” You might be wondering, though, if Courtney was able to personally thank the generous police officer.
The mystery officer apparently wanted to remain anonymous. It seems that it was already enough for him to be able to help Courtney, who was in need. Was that enough for her, or was Courtney seeking for more?
Respecting His Wishes
Undoubtedly, Courtney and her dad wanted to express their gratitude, but they didn’t know who the officer was, so they were trying to find a way to do that. They would like to respect his wishes, even though they wanted him to be recognized as well.
Showing Their Gratitude
Finally, they thought of a way to show their gratitude. The dad and daughter decided to pay a visit to the Voorhees Police Department and give donut boxes to the whole team!
“Thanks to Brian Cadigan & Courtney English for bringing in treats for our staff this morning,” the Voorhees Police posted this on Twitter to express their gratitude. They promised that the anonymous officer was told personally about Courtney and Brian being forever grateful.
A Baby Girl
Actually, the story didn’t end there. She gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby girl, if you’re wondering what happened to the child of Courtney! There’s another twist in the story if it’s not exciting enough.
A Beautiful Life
Courtney’s former boyfriend and her baby’s father is back in their lives! We are glad to report that the couple patched things up just before they welcomed their beautiful baby into the world. As a whole family, they can begin their life together.
Love All Around
A loving mom and dad welcomed baby Kayleigh Ann into this world on April 6th. She was 3 ounces and 7 pounds. She was brought into this world with a lot of love. What a lucky baby girl!