Cops Moved by Teen's Surprise Napkin Message

Small gesture goes a long way
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2016 11:53 AM CDT
Cops Moved by Teen's Surprise Napkin Message

Kansas City police officer Rance Quinn recently shared a secret about cops: "We like to feel the love just like everybody else does," he tells And Quinn and a colleague felt that love when last week a teenage girl walked past their table at a restaurant as they ate their lunch and dropped a napkin. Written on the napkin was "Thanks for keeping us safe." Quinn and his colleague went from feeling "under-appreciated" to feeling like valued public servants. In addition to the leaving the encouraging message, the girl also paid for the officers' lunch.

As for the napkin, a photo of which is posted on Facebook, "carried it ever since," says Quinn. And he wants to give the teen a message: "Don't ever change who you are. Keep that with you through the rest of your life." A family also dining at the restaurant offered the officers a gift card. They ended up giving it to a family in need. (Read more Kansas City stories.)

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