Cops wait tables for a good cause

Cops wait tables at Fatz Cafe for Special Olympics (Scott Garrand/WCIV)

By Sonya

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's not something that you get to see every day ... cops waiting on tables.

The Cops and Calabash event was held Friday at Fatz Caf in North Charleston.

Local law enforcement officers were busy taking drink orders, refilling drinks and bringing baskets of rolls.

Customers say they were happy with the service.

"It looks like it's a great fundraiser and a very worthwhile cause," Deb Luse said. "And Fatz always has good food, so great combination."

"It's really good," Joseph Smith said. "I enjoyed it and it's good to see the police officers out and doing something really good for the community."

And the officers seemed to enjoy the change of pace.

"In law enforcement, we see a lot of tragedy and we always want to help people and here is an event where we can spend time with the public and really have a nice talk and joke around," said Sergeant Harold Phillips from the{}Charleston County Sheriff's office. "We hear doughnut jokes all the time and we'll take it and we'll take your money."

All the tips earned go to the Special Olympics, a charity near and dear to Sergeant Harold Phillips.

"I personally have a little special athlete of my own, Jason, he has been an ice skater since he was 4 and now he is preparing himself to be a swimmer in the Special Olympics," Phillips said. "I know from the inside how important these events and these programs are for kids."

All of the money goes directly to programs like basketball and ice skating.

"The money goes toward programs not just the winter and summer games that people think about there are events all year long almost every day of the week year round and not one dime comes out of the athletes pockets or their families pockets," Phillips said.

The programs help the Special Olympics athletes in several ways.

"The benefits that come along with programs like this is the chance for athletes like my son Jason who gets to spend time with his peers, develop friendships, obviously have a healthy lifestyle, staying in shape," Phillips said.

The goal is to raise $6,000{}for Special Olympics{}athletes. The South Carolina Special Olympics has over 13,000 athletes in the state with more than 1,000 here in the Lowcountry.

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