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NYPD loves its fans – especially when they’re 7 years old

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 |

Guest contribution from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, New York city

The Chief Concierge at the Mandarin Oriental doesn’t miss much

In a past visit of a first-time guest, a couple arrived with their 7 year old son in tow.

Time Warner towers, home of the Mandarin Oriental New York City
Time Warner towers, home of New York City’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Central Park

The parents approached the Concierge desk for assistance when the Chef Concierge, Kenneth Abisror, noticed that the son was wearing a child’s costume to resemble the uniform of a New York City Police Officer (complete with shield and hat!).

After seeing the boy in the same outfit for two days, Kenneth spoke with the parents and found out that the trip to New York was a birthday present for their son, who was enamored with the reputation of the New York City Police Department.

Kenneth also discovered that the boy’s actual birthday was on the following day and immediately saw an opportunity to “wow” the child and parents.

NYPD loves its fans – especially when they’re 7 years old

After consulting with the parents, Kenneth arranged for two New York City detectives to pay a birthday surprise visit to the family’s room.  On the boy’s birthday morning, the detectives pretended to knock on the door as part of an investigation. 

NYPD loves its fans – especially when they’re 7 years old

The parents made sure to allow the boy to open the door, allowing the detectives to introduce themselves and ask the boy a question; their investigation showing that it was allegedly his birthday!

At the same time, the hotel pastry chef delivered a birthday cake decorated with the NYPD Shield and the detectives presented gifts from their Police Department.  To end the surprise, a squad car was waiting in front of the hotel. 

The boy was able to sit in the front seat and use the car’s PA system to say “Hi Mommy”, and turn on the lights and sirens for a brief moment. 

Since then, the family has returned to Mandarin Oriental, New York each year to celebrate the boy’s birthday and relive a great visit to New York that they will never forget.