The Cop and the Anthem


O. Henry

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At the second, less expensive restaurant where Soapy attempts to get arrested, he is tossed out on the street by two waiters who refuse to call the police on him when he can’t pay for his meal. Though they are less powerful than the police officers throughout the story, the waiters likewise blockade Soapy from his goal by refusing to recognize him as a criminal.
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Community and Home  Theme Icon enough,” he reasons. However, before he can even make it to a table, a waiter spots Soapy’s frayed trousers. Instead of calling the police, the staff throws Soapy out on... (full context)