On a seemingly normal day, a sweet surprise awaited police officers in Kemah, Texas, when they decided to grab a bite on their lunch break. While the officers were studying their Salt Grass Steakhouse menus, they noticed a teenager looking in their direction, but didn’t pay much attention to it. Later on when the officers went to pay for their meal, their server informed them that it had already been paid for. Although the generous donor wanted to remain anonymous, the officers wouldn’t let it go without a proper thank-you.
After a bit of digging around, the officers discovered that a Salt Grass server named Travis Allen had paid for their meals. Not only does Travis work hard for his money, but he is also a college student. When the police got to learn more about Travis and the hardships he has had to endure and his hopes of finishing school, they decided that a simple thank-you wasn’t enough.
Together, the officers and their community raised $1,300 to help better the young man’s future. When the restaurant learnt about it, they matched the amount raised. Travis was elated when the police officers and the restaurant surprised him with a giant check for $2,600.
While shedding light on why he had decided to pay the bill in the first place, Travis told reporters, “They put their lives on the line. They serve you in the community and all this hate and backlash is unfair. I wasn’t looking for recognition. It was to show them that people still care and that not everyone was against them.”