Should police officers be allowed to accept gratuities? If in your opinion, it is ethical and acceptable to accept gratuities, are there limitations? Discuss your position.

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You are a rookie police officer on your first patrol. The older, experienced officer tells you that the restaurant on the corner likes to have you guys around, so they always give free meals. Your partner orders steak, potatoes, and all the trimmings. What are you going to do? What if it were just coffee at a convenience store? What if the owner refused to take your money at the cash register?