She might be pregnant, but this waitress began her shift like any other day. Not once did she think that she would get the experience of a lifetime that day. But just what happened that made her cry there and then?
Struggling More Than Usual
That day was even harder than usual for her. Her belly grew very big since she went into the third trimester. Her back hurt and her feet felt heavy. Still, she had no choice but to do her job as usual.
Straight To Her Manager
After she looked at the folder with the check that the officer left at his table, she found a note. After reading it, she went up to her manager. She could not contain all of the emotions that she felt!
Saving For The Baby
Courtney Cadigan had been eight months into her pregnancy at the time. Despite this, she kept working at the Lamp Post Diner. She wanted to make sure that she would be financially stable for her baby.
She was about to be a mother, so she wanted to make sure that she can give her baby a good life. Each cent made a difference for a person like her. Who can blame her? Kids are truly expensive to raise.
It is not at all easy to work as a waiter or waitress. A lot of people do not know how they have to stay on their feet for hours only to earn low salaries. Sadly, not a lot of people tip as much as they should either.
Not A Regular
There were regulars at the diner. For one, there were lots of cops who dropped by to get a meal before their shift started. Courtney was used to seeing them, but the officer who just came in was unfamiliar.
Before leaving the place, he made sure to leave a note for his waitress. Not once did Courtney think she would experience this. After all, it was the first time that such a thing happened to her.
Thoughts Racing Through Her Mind
Her due date was for April Fools day that year. It was getting closer and closer. At the same time, she was even more worried about having enough money. Sadly, things with the father ended on a bad note.
Sadly, she had no choice but to go through parenthood on her own. This was what she had been thinking about when the officer came in. She welcomed him to the diner and then got him a menu.
Something Was Up
The cops that regularly dropped by the diner all work at the Voorhees Township Police Department. After seeing that this cop was not one she recognized, she knew that there was something was up here.
Courtney shoved these thoughts aside and then went up to the cop to get his order. She treated him like she would treat her other customers. However, this encounter was going to take a strange turn soon.
Her ex had not been in touch with her for quite some time. How worrying that must have been! She wanted him to be there for their child even if things did not end well between the two of them.
Putting On A Smile
He failed to treat Courtney with all the respect that she wanted. At any rate, there was not much she could do about it. She only put on her smile, took out the pad, and wrote down the cop’s order.
When this mystery cop visited the diner, Courtney could not help but feel a little uncomfortable. She was sure it was the first time they ever met. She spoke to him and studied his face to verify this.
Maybe he was not from there or maybe he just did not go there often or at all. She just hoped that he had nothing to do with her ex or would cause any trouble. His stony face did not give much away.
An Awkward Situation
Courtney did her best to connect with this man and engage him in small talk. However, he only smiled politely and brushed off her attempts to talk about the food he ordered, the weather, and other topics.
An Odd Order
He only got a green salad and a glass of water. Courtney was rather relieved to escape such an awkward situation. However, she could feel that he kept his eyes on her as she made her way to the kitchen.
After going through the doors again, she noticed that there were more people in the diner. There was now a couple sitting in the booth right behind the cop. She went to them to introduce herself.
A Simple Explanation
They saw how big her baby bump was and how tired she was. She later said, “I was telling the people at the table behind him that it was my first baby.” Courtney also added, “I was going out of work soon.”
Watching Her Every Move
Before placing their orders, the couple warmly congratulated her, unaware that the police officer was listening to every word intently. When Courtney brought him his salad and went to the other customers to serve them, he watched her even more.
Asking For The Check
This mystery man finished his salad and water in no time at all. After this, he called for Courtney’s attention to get the check. His total only came up $9.00. Of course, she went back to give him the bill.
It was starting to get busy at the diner, so Courtney could not stay with him. She went over to look after the other patrons and failed to notice when the cop walked out. There was a lot of work for her to do!
Upon opening this leather folder, she saw that he left enough money to cover the cost of the meal. On top of this, he left a note for her. What were the words that this police officer left on the bill?
What Was The Problem?
“He must have overheard my conversation with other customers,” she later recalled. What did he do? Did he shame her for her pregnancy? Could it be that he found the service she provided to be lacking?
She saw the note and then read the words he left for her. She was shocked by what she saw. The note said, “Enjoy ur 1st. You will never forget it.” It came with the $9 he left for the bill. How sweet of him!
She was in shock when she saw just how much he left for her in the tip. She was already emotional thanks to the pregnancy but felt stunned by his generosity. This was when she went over to her manager in tears!
While she tried to prevent the tears from falling, she did not succeed. She returned to the back with this check. After seeing Courtney in such a state, the boss assumed that a bad thing just happened.
Was It A Mistake?
Could it be an error? Perhaps he did not notice how much money he left and assumed that the bill was higher than it was. Maybe he wanted to leave her $10 and not $100! Still, it did not sound likely.
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.” He must have overheard this and decided to help her out! Aww.
Out Of Breath
She took a couple of minutes to catch her breath before she explained everything to her manager. It did not seem real to her that she just got a tip worth $100. This was a lot more than her daily rate.
Courtney was shocked that a total stranger would do such a thing for her. While she has heard of similar stories before, she never thought it would happen to her. Yes, it also happens to small-town girls!
“It’s truly a blessing to come across people like him and I’m forever thankful for that,” she said when interviewed by the Gloucester Township Patch. When she recovered, she decided to look for him to say thanks.
Nowhere In Sight
Courtney then rushed to the parking lot. She hoped he had not yet left but was saddened to see that he was no longer there. How could she possibly find him now? She did not even get his name!
Sharing The Note
After her shift, she went home and then dialed the Voorhees Township Police Department number. She hoped to get in touch with the cop. She also told Brian, her dad, about what happened during her shift.
He could not believe how kind the cop had been. He took to Facebook to share the photo of the note and said, “What a wonderful person to not only leave a VERY generous tip but a lovely message too”.
He said, “It’s not the amount, it’s the humanity of it.” He went on, “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
However, our mystery police officer did more than that. He also impacted Brian in an amazing way. It was something that he would never forget for the rest of his life. But what exactly do we mean by that?
Brian said this in his post: “You always hear about how bad the police are, how they treated you like dirt, how they are on a power trip.” He went on, “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,” he said. Brian now feels more hope in cops thanks to the generosity of this one cop.
A Viral Post
His Facebook post would soon go viral. It went on to gain 10,000 reactions, a thousand comments, and thousands of shares. A lot of people wanted to hear more about the great thing Courtney experienced.
A commenter even chimed in to say, “What a wonderful thing to do, this story warms my heart. I’ve always respected police officers.” However, the post did more than improve the rep of police officers.
Help Pouring In
Since the post went viral, people from different parts of the globe tried to contact Courtney. Many even hit up the Lamp Post Diner in the hopes of talking to her. They only wanted to help her out even more!
A Helping Hand
“They wanna know if they can help her because it’s the first child,” explained Victor Sierra, the manager, “It’s the gesture about somebody helping somebody else.” But did she manage to find the kind cop?
In the end, it looks like the kind police officer preferred to remain anonymous. For him, it must have been enough to just help without getting recognition for it. How do you think Courtney felt about this?
Respecting His Wishes
She and her dad came up with a way to show how much they appreciated it. But how could they do such a thing without knowing his name? They respected his wishes but hoped to do something for him.
Showing Their Gratitude
In the end, they came up with a solid plan to show their appreciation. Brian and Courtney ended up dropping by the Voorhees Police Department with boxes of donuts for all of the cops working there!
The members of the team thanked the duo through Twitter. They posted, “Thanks to Brian Cadigan & Courtney English for bringing in treats for our staff this morning.” They also said that they would deliver their message to the mystery police officer.
A Baby Girl
But hold on, there is more! About a month later, Courtney gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. We bet that it must have been very exciting for the entire family. This was not the only good news, however.
A Beautiful Life
It seems that her ex-boyfriend, the father of the baby, is now back in the picture. He has since made amends with Courtney. Isn’t that amazing? They can now raise their baby with each other. What a relief!
Love All Around
Courtney gave birth to Kayleigh Ann on the 6th of April. The baby weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces. We are glad to hear that she will now have a loving mom and dad! This little girl sure got lucky in the end.
Courtney seems to be a natural when it comes to becoming a mother as well. She was a dedicated and hardworking server, so we are not surprised at all. She has since stopped working at the diner, however.
Stepping Away From The Hustle
She did not do this for any particular reason. Courtney only hoped to give her baby as much attention as she possibly could. To do so, she had to get away from the constant hustle. She is truly one great mom!
Even though she has since stepped away from work, we are sure that she will never forget that shift. While $100 will run out fast with a newborn in the house, the thought behind it is simply priceless.
Put A Smile On Her Face
Courtney had been going through a rough patch when she got the tip from the cop. It did not only make her happy, but it also made her feel less nervous about the financial burdens involved in having a baby.
Always Be Kind
You can never tell when a person is down in the dumps. A little act of kindness can go a long way for folks like that. On the other hand, being mean can ruin their day if they are already feeling rather fragile.
Courtney assumed that these things would never happen to her but look at how wrong she was. What a great story! Take notes, everyone. While $100 is a lot of money, even $5 can make a huge difference.
Why, even just $5 or $10 would have made her day. There are a lot of people I need out there. These people need a helping hand as well. Charity can also come in the form of time and service, you know.
Warmed People’s Hearts
Courtney has since gone on a number of news channels to share her great story with us all. Everyone was happy to hear the kindness she got to experience from the cop. Americans found it heartwarming!
Courtney was happy that the diner also got good publicity after the story spread further. The same thing goes for the police officer and the entire squad. She was happy that her story inspired other people!
As a Working Mom
She hoped that others would see that something like this meant a lot to a waitress and working mother such as herself. Wait staff often get stiffed, so it means the world when the opposite happens instead.
She hoped that other ladies would hear about the story and feel more confident about working while pregnant. She believes that it is only normal. After all, no mother would not want to support their kids.
Courtney hopes that she can guide her baby to become whoever she wishes to be in the future. This mom wants to sit Kayleigh Ann down in the future and drill into her the importance of dedication, hard work, and kindness.
A Friendly Atmosphere
Her fiancé also felt grateful for the kindness displayed by the cop. After hearing about this, he could not help but feel thankful that she was working in a great environment filled with great people.
The Best Idea
She wants to be able to return to the diner soon, but we are sure she is having a lot of fun raising her little girl. Courtney was aware that it was important to save up, and she is now reaping the rewards.
Just Like Mom And Dad
Aren’t you glad to hear that Kayleigh Ann will grow up with hardworking parents? A lot of kids who see their parents working hard often inherit the same work ethics. She will likely follow in their footsteps!
We are happy to see that Kayleigh Ann is getting along very well with the family dog. They look quite excited when this photo of them was taken. Look at how adorable that bow and her socks are!
Kayleigh likes to watch movies with her father after drinking her nighttime milk. Aww. We sure think they look cozy like this! Clearly, they have a good relationship. We bet she is already a daddy’s girl!
Of course, she spends a lot of time with her mother as well. What kind of games could she be playing on this smartphone? Courtney finds baby videos that her daughter likes to watch. They sure get along well!
Aside from her parents, Kayleigh Ann has a loving godmother as well. It is her aunt, the sister of her mom. Hailey is definitely another important person in this little girl’s life. She has so many role models!
A lot of problems can be fixed by taking a nap. Babies require lots of rest, just like their parents do. It can be very tiring to raise a child. The two of them look like they needed to catch up on sleep anyway!
Courtney had been going through a rough patch in life on that particular day. Everything turned around for her when a kind stranger decided to do something nice for her. She will never forget him, we are sure.