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1. In Kansas, Officer Mark Engravelle of the Roeland Park Police Department, responded to a shoplifting report at Wal-Mart. What he found in the parking lot was a tearful Sarah Robinson and her six children. She had just stolen $300 worth of goods from a store, including children’s shoes, diapers and baby wipes. Sarah and her children were homeless and living in their car since Sarah’s husband drowned a few years ago. Engravelle felt he had to do something, so instead of arresting her, he went back into Walmart and bought the diapers, baby wipes and shoes for each of the children. He realized what a tough time she was going through.
2. In Alabama, Officer William Stacy caught Helen Johnson stealing 5 eggs at the Dollar General Store. The woman was 50 cents short of the money needed to buy a carton of eggs, so she pocketed 5 of them. The officer discovered she and her children had gone without food for two days. So he bought her the carton of eggs and sent her on her way. But right after that, the officer sent to her home two truckloads of food. When word of that got out, calls from around the world were made to the police department from people wanting to donate food, money and clothing to the family. Now, how about that?
3. In Florida, a mom caught shoplifting food from a grocery store was given some help instead of a ride to jail. The Miami officer, Vicki Thomas, learned that Jessica Robles had stolen the food from Publix Supermarket to feed her three hungry children. The officer did charge her with a misdemeanor, but also went through the store and bought her $100 worth of groceries to feed herself and her children. When the story went viral, another $700 was donated to Jessica to take care of her children. And Jessica was even offered a job by someone who learned of her story. She accepted the job.
4. In Orem, Utah, Rebecca Freemont resorted to stealing food to feed her children. But after police charged her and took her back to her home, they could see she was in a bad situation. There was no TV or entertainment in the home. The walls were bare except for a picture of a Christmas tree that one of the children had colored in and taped on the wall. And there was no food. Immediately, officers and the community kicked in to help. Very soon, the family had money, an actual Christmas tree and gifts, food, and a big-screen TV. The family was incredibly surprised… and grateful.
5. In London, Kentucky, Officer Justin Roby responded to a shoplifting call and was surprised to find a father who had stolen only one thing… baby formula. The man had taken the formula to feed his six-month-old son. The store quickly dropped the charges and Roby tucked away his handcuffs. He then bought the single father several cans of baby formula. Says Roby: “I’m a father just like that gentleman. We’re not these robots…There’s a human behind the badge.”
And we here at Knowable appreciate all those kind gestures from those kind-hearted humans behind those badges.
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Hypnothis Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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