++ Cop Slips Pregnant Waitress Note, Runs To Manager

 Being a waitress can be a tough job at the best of times. But what if you’re eight months pregnant and you can’t stop working because you’re that desperate for money? That was the dilemma this waitress faced, who has been grinding it out just to save up for her maternity leave. Despite times being tough, she managed to put on a big smile every day and show top-class service to whoever crossed her path. But when an awkward policeman stepped foot inside her diner, the waitress was in for a big surprise. When he left, she took a look at the check and realized he had written a note, just for her…

She Couldn’t Believe What He Wrote

Waitress Courtney Cadigan has been working extra hard recently so that she can save enough money for her maternity leave. She was expecting her first child and needed all the money she could get.

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She Couldn’t Believe What He Wrote
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She’s used to serving policemen, who often come for a quick bite to eat. When a cop who she was serving got up and left, she went over to his table and saw that he had written a message on the check, specifically for her…

Not Your Average Waitress

23-year-old Courtney Cadigan has established herself as a popular waitress at New Jersey restaurant Lamp Post Diner. She has developed something of a fan base at the diner, due to her cheerful disposition.

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Not Your Average Waitress

Owner Nick Hionas described Courtney as a “happy-go-lucky, sweet girl who goes above and beyond.” While she enjoys serving all types of customers, both old and new, Courtney continued to work at the diner, even after she went through a truly life-changing process…

Due Date? April Fools

According to NJ Advance Media, Courtney was expecting her first child on April Fool’s Day, of all days! Hopeful that she would have a healthy delivery, the young waitress already had the name ready for her soon-to-be-born daughter – Kayleigh.

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Due Date? April Fools

When the defining incident in this story took place, Courtney was already eight months pregnant with Kayleigh and it came at a time when the 23-year-old needed all the support she could get, and for a good reason…

Daddy’s Girl

Things weren’t completely straightforward for Courtney, with the due date fast approaching. She is no longer in a relationship with the father of her child. However, according to her father, Brian Cadigan, the ex has continued to be “completely supportive” through the pregnancy.

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Daddy’s Girl

Father Brian is also behind Courtney every step of the way, and has been keeping her under his roof during this transitionary period of her life. According to him, she has been working extremely hard to provide for her child…

Big Dreams

While some think having a baby grounds you and maybe even prevents you from pursuing your dreams, Courtney simply doesn’t see it this way. Although she enjoys being a waitress, she very much sees this job as a means to an end.

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Big Dreams

Having obtained her GED a few years ago, Courtney hopes to eventually become a nurse. As for this period in her life, the waitress plans to have six to eight weeks of maternity leave and is getting financially ready…

Time To Save Up

Like most people, Courtney enjoys treating herself to the finer things in life. However, since she learned that she was going to be a mother, she knew she’d need to save some money to ensure that her child had the best upbringing possible.

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Time To Save Up

She expected it to be “another day, another dollar” at Lamp Post Diner. However, she had another thing coming when a police officer she had never served before walked through the diner’s doors…

Another Day, Another Dollar

The day of the incident was a busy one for Courtney, to say the very least. The young waitress had full tables on either side of her. Even by her standards, she had her work cut out for her today.

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Another Day, Another Dollar

Despite being eight months pregnant, Courtney continued working to her full potential. Throughout the day, she provided excellent service to her customers whose hearts were warmed by her bubbly nature. Then, a cop arrived at the diner who she had never seen before…

Mysterious Cop

Courtney serves many police officers, especially those who work at Voorhees Township Police Department. However, when a mysterious figure with a badge walked through the doors, the waitress couldn’t put a name to the face.

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Mysterious Cop

The unassuming cop sat down alone at a table and at this point, Courtney checked to see if any other waitresses would approach him. She didn’t think too much of it though, and served the man like she would anyone else. However, the encounter didn’t go quite as expected…

Strange Encounter

Normally, Courtney would gladly exchange some pleasantries with the customer before taking their order. However, it soon became clear that the cop wasn’t really in the mood for small talk.

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Strange Encounter

“We didn’t really even talk,” the waitress said. “I brought him his menu, he ordered a salad and I got it for him.” The cop just wanted a quick lunch before resuming his duties. After serving him though, the cop started to take notice when Courtney proceeded to the next table…

The Ultimate Ice Breaker

At the most mundane of times, Courtney would find something to say to her customers. However, because she was eight months pregnant, this was an instant starting point for conversation.

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The Ultimate Ice Breaker

“I was telling the people at the table behind him that it was my first baby,” she said. “I was going out of work soon.” Naturally, the customers she was serving were so happy for her. However, the cop was sitting at the table next to them and heard everything…

Listening In

Little did the waitress know that the cop was listening in on her conversation with the other customers. He was so close to the other table that it was impossible for him not to hear what she was saying.

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Listening In

“He must have overheard my conversation with other customers,” she said. Fast forward about five minutes later and the cop had finished his salad. He was ready to get back to work but obviously had to pay before he left…

Check Please!

At that moment, the cop raised his hand and politely asked Courtney if he could get the check, to which she wholeheartedly obliged. She handed over the bill, with the salad coming in at $8.50.

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Check Please!

Just like that – the police officer took the bill and paid for his lunch, while Courtney waited on other tables. The cop casually walked out of the diner and continued his day of work. However, when Courtney went over to his table, she noticed something extraordinary…

Cleaning Up

Naturally, Courtney did what she would usually do as a waitress – proceed over to the cop’s table and clean up for the next customer. Usually, this part of the job was pretty straightforward, with a little bit of surface cleaning going a long way.

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Cleaning Up

On most occasions, Courtney would have been taking orders from the next customers by now. However, as she picked up the check, she noticed that the cop had written a little message on it, which was obviously directed at her…

Beautiful Message

It didn’t say that the message was written for anyone specific, but as soon as she finished reading it, Courtney knew it was for her. “Enjoy ur 1st,” the cop wrote. “You will never forget it.”

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Beautiful Message

At that point, the waitress realized that the police officer had overheard her conversation with the customers next to him. Having heard that she was expecting, he wanted to share some kind words with her. Then Courtney noticed that wasn’t all he wrote on the check…

Huge Tip!

Although the salad only cost the cop $8.75, he decided to give Courtney a stunning $100 tip! The act of kindness was so unexpected, especially since the cop had been so quiet to Courtney just minutes beforehand.

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Huge Tip!

Usually, a waitress like Courtney would be lucky to earn that sort of money in one shift. Moreover, there was no denying that 100 bucks would go a long way for the young lady, who values every dollar she earns. At that moment, all she could do was run to the back…

It Brought Her To Tears

Just like that, Courtney broke into tears and ran over to her boss to tell them what happened. At first, they thought that something bad at happened. However, all she had was good things to say.

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It Brought Her To Tears

“It’s truly a blessing to come across people like him and I’m forever thankful for that,” she told the Gloucester Township Patch. After she had calmed down a little, Courtney knew that she needed to thank the cop in person for what he had done…

She Wanted To Thank Him

Courtney was desperate to thank the cop for the kind gesture he had done for her and stormed out of the diner to see if he was still in the parking lot. However, by the time she had got out there, he was gone.

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She Wanted To Thank Him

“I’m just really grateful for this officer’s kindness,” she said. Shortly after her shift came to an end, Courtney rushed back home and called the Voorhees Township Police Department to see if she could contact him…

Sharing Her Story Online

While Courtney tried to get in touch with the mystery cop, her father Brian shared a photo of the check on Facebook, while also explaining what had happened. “It’s not the amount, it’s the humanity of it,” he told NJ Advance Media.

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Sharing Her Story Online

“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.'”

Shattering Misconceptions

The incredible act of kindness definitely changed Courtney’s and her father’s previous thoughts on police officers. “You always hear about how bad the police are, how they treated you like dirt, how they are on a power trip,” Brian wrote.

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Shattering Misconceptions

“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 everyday and deal with it all over again.” His post soon reached a lot of people…

Viral Sensation

It was just a matter of weeks before Brian’s post traveled far and wide across the online community. Having originally been shared by a few hundred people, the post eventually generated a stunning 10,000 reactions, as well as nearly a thousand comments and 3.6k shares.

“What a wonderful thing to do, this story warms my heart. I’ve always respected police officers,” one person wrote. And the viral post also proved to be very rewarding for the waitress in more ways than one…

Everyone Wants To Donate

Ever since the post went viral, Courtney has been inundated with phone calls from all over the state and beyond. In fact, many have been contacting the diner, hoping to give donations to their beloved waitress.

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Everyone Wants To Donate

“They wanna know if they can help her because it’s the first child,” manager Victor Sierra said. “It’s the gesture about somebody helping somebody else.” After all this buzz though, did Courtney ever get the chance to say thanks to the cop in person?

Mr. Anonymous

Ultimately, the police officer who gave Courtney a tip decided that he wanted to remain anonymous. However, this didn’t stop the waitress and father Brian from showing up at the police department and bringing the team a couple boxes of donuts.

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Mr. Anonymous

“Thanks to Brian Cadigan & Courtney English for bringing in treats for our staff this morning,” Voorhees Police wrote on their Twitter account. They also promised to tell the anonymous cop how grateful Courtney and Brian were for his kind gesture.

Special Delivery!

Since that heartwarming story, Courtney’s fortunes have only gone from good to better! Not only did daughter Kayleigh seem to arrive healthily into this world, but Courtney appears to be loving life more than ever.

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Special Delivery!

Courtney’s boss, Nick Hionas, has a theory about the waitress’s gradual change in fortune. He firmly believes that good things are happening to her because of who she is as a person. “Good things come to those who have that type of disposition,” he said.

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