You may think they are wasting time. They aren’t. They are trying to catch up on reports and mountains of paperwork. Many days they never get a lunch break at all. There were many times my ex would go thru a drive thru, just get his meal, get a call, and have to toss his meal in the garbage bin at the end of that same drive thru still hot.
Thirdly, as far as people thinking that there’s a pay for play: if a restaurant manager thinks free food will get him out of a future arrest, I never saw any indication. I used to work at a restaurant/ bar combo when I first met/ married my now-ex. I’ve seen cops have to arrest other cops for drunk driving. It’s a big career hurting thing. But they didn’t cover for them, drive them home under the radar or anything like that. They took their own in. So, if they’d take their own in, they’d have no problem taking in a restaurant manager.