Special waiters working at Red Lobster this week will have such arresting personalities that diners hopefully will find it hard to be shellfish with their tips.

And police say no one will get busted for breaking the claw.

Officers from across York County will serve as celebrity waiters on Thursday, May 1, at Red Lobster, 2555 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township, to raise money for York County Special Olympics.

It's the 15th annual Cops & Lobsters event, according to York City Detective Kyle Hower, who organizes the event.

Last year, police raised $4,657, he said. All money raised stays in York County, Hower said.

Lots of fun: "It's a whole lot of fun. The guys have a blast," he said. "Hopefully this year we'll have good weather and we'll get good (turnout)."

Between 15 and 20 cops are expected to work the dinner shift, and about 10 are expected to work the lunch shift, Hower said.

The officers partner with Red Lobster waiters and waitresses to serve customers, who should tip their servers as normal, he said. Extra tips given to law-enforcement servers go to York County Special Olympics, Hower said.

Officers often have their families and friends attend, and some night-work cops work at Red Lobster all day before working a full shift at night, the detective said.

Special Olympians will be on hand, as will bagpipers and the York County Quick Response Team's armored BearCat vehicle, according to Hower.

Child fingerprinting identification kits will also be available, he said.


Torch run: Two days later, on Saturday, police again will team up with York County Special Olympians for their annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

It's a 5K race — although people can walk part or all of the course — that starts at 9:30 a.m. at John Rudy County Park.

There's a kids' run as well, and the races all benefit York County Special Olympics.

Police officers and Special Olympians will be running, Hower said.

Registration is $25 with a T-shirt and $20 without one, and runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Hower said.

Or people can sign up for the run two days earlier at Cops & Lobsters.