June 12, 2014
By Julie Montanaro
Patrol cars are surrounding Longhorn Steakhouse and deputies are descending on the tables inside.
They are serving up sizzling sirloins and tasty t-bones and collecting tips for Leon County Special Olympics.
Deputy James Morgan is waiting tables for the first time.
"Chasing bad guys is my comfort zone, so this is kind of challenging," he said. "I'm trying not to mess it up."
It's called Tip a Cop.
Leon County deputies are standing ready to butter your bread and refill your tea and Special Olympic athletes are there to show off their medals.
"My best sport will be probably be basketball. This is actually the first time I've actually earned a medal in Special Olympics," athlete Marc Philbrick said.
"Special Olympics is like family to us. It's more than just a group of people," athlete Brian Shockley said.
"It really matters to me because they're so energetic and I love them for that," athlete Zachary McAllister said.
Tip a Cop will last until ten o'clock tonight (June 13th). Money raised goes to Special Olympics Florida and half stays here in Leon County to help fund travel, meals and lodging for the Special Olympic athletes.