The Police Department publishes what’s known as a “Patrol Guide” for officers on the beat.
It clearly prohibits accepting gratuities “or other compensation for any service performed as a result of or in conjunction with their duties as a public servant,” according to the guidelines.
“That policy covers the food issue,” a police commander told The New York Times two years ago, after it was revealed that officers were receiving “heavy discounts” at a fast-food restaurant in Brooklyn.
In fact, restaurants that offer police free, or heavily discounted food face being barred from serving officers by the department.
According to Charles V. Campisi, the department’s chief of Internal Affairs, police cadets are instructed during training “not to accept so much as a free cup of coffee,” according to The Times.
Bieber was eating at the Comfort Diner in Manhattan when he spied the five officers eating next to him, according to gossip site TMZ.
He volunteered to pay and picked up a $200 tab and the officers apparently happily accepted.
The officers not only thanked Bieber, they posed with him for photos. Justin posted one of shots to show off his good deed.
Over the past year and a half, Bieber has more often been on the wrong side of the law. In one incident, he was videoed by friends peeing in a janitor’s bucket in a hallway at a swank New York City restaurant.
He was not arrested for the incident but drew universal scorn when the video went viral on the Internet.
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