‘Tip-A-Cop’ at Red Robbin, support Special Olympics!

PALMDALE – ‘Tip-A-Cop’ took place on Saturday (Oct. 13) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Red Robin Restaurant in the Antelope Valley Mall.

Tip-A-Cop is an official Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising event.

Law enforcement officers and department personnel volunteer their time as “Celebrity Waiters” to collect tips at Red Robin Restaurants to support Special Olympics of Southern California.

The national goal of the 2012 Red Robin “Tip-A-Cop” event is to raise more than $850,000 from all participating national programs to benefit Special Olympics athletes.

Proceeds raised from Saturday’s event go to the Antelope Valley chapter of Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC), which provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

By participating in sports, physical fitness and healthcare education programs, Special Olympics athletes increase self-confidence and social skills, improve physical and motor skills, and have better success in leading more productive and independent lives.

For more information go to: www.sosc.org

(Information via press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.)

  25 comments for “‘Tip-A-Cop’ at Red Robbin, support Special Olympics!

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  3. En Vino Veritas
    October 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

    As a participant in Tip A Cop, I can tell you that:
    1. Participation is 100% voluntarily. Deputies/Officers are not “pressured” or rewarded by participation; instead the Deputy or Officer gets the moral reward of helping those who need it and contributing to their community.
    2. Deputies/Officers advise patrons that any donations received are supplemental to any gratuity their server would normally receive.
    3. Law Enforcement Officers HAVE to separate personal relationships/encounters from professional. A LEO will arrest another LEO if necessary , what makes you think that someone who has donated to a charity will receive
    special treatment? That is about as effective as the “I pay your salary” defense.
    4. You can drink beer at lunch all day/every day. Not illegal.
    5. Many of the patrons are other members/family members of the law enforcement community. Their is not a lot more entertaining than being served by your supervisor/training officer/husband or wife. Most participants have their family present to both support and make fun of them.

    • Uncle Tom
      October 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      I was there with my family, and it was fun. Got to meet a number of Deputies, a couple Sergeants, a VOP, and an Explorer, as well as one of the kids who benefit from the Special Olympics. Yes I had a drink, served by a motor deputy. I at no time felt intimidated, in fact I think it was great that these outstanding members of our community, many who actually live in the AV, volunteered their time to help out. They all looked like they were having a good time, interacting with the public, smiling, etc. Events like this help show the average citizen that members of the LASD are just like you and me, and are not to be feared, unless of course you have something to worry about.

      But we all know some people are so stubborn and stuck in their ways, that nothing can change their point of view/opinion. It like that old saying, opinions are like a-holes, everybody has one, but typically people are only concerned about their own, and couldn’t care less about anybody else’s. That, and some just like to argue for the sake of arguing.

  4. Wylda Rose
    October 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I just got back from Red Robin and I have to say, it was a little weird getting served a beer by a gun carrying deputy. Cool, but weird. And I did donate, I always do when it’s for children, special needs or animals.

  5. DL
    October 13, 2012 at 6:18 am

    It’s their choice and their time, not yours, shit for brains… God forbid they be allowed to help Special Olympics without the supreme community mouthpiece chiming in.

    • Tina Marie
      October 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      “supreme bitch” is more like it!

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