A Massachusetts police officer used his own money to provide Christmas supper to a family in need, rather than accusing two women of the shoplifting they were trying to commit.
Somerset Police Constable Matt Lima was called to intervene at a grocery store on December 20 after store security said the women failed to go through all of their items to the automated checkout before putting them in. in their bags.
The women, who had two young children with them, were arrested as they left the store, police said in a statement.
“I myself have two daughters of a similar age to the ones who were there, so that struck me a bit,” Lima told CNN affiliate WJAR.
Lima led one of the women aside so they could tell her side of the story without the children hearing her. The store workers kept the children busy so they wouldn’t know what was going on.
“The woman I spoke to explained that she was working, but the mother of the children was unemployed and going through family problems. She added that the grocery store had to be to cook Christmas dinner for the kids, ”the agent told WJAR.
The officer looked at the receipt to see what the women had planned to buy and saw that they only wanted food.
“Obviously this family was in need and I can’t imagine having to make the decision to go to (the grocery store) and not be able to afford what I want to buy and need. fly for the children’s Christmas dinner, ”admitted Lima.
The police officer issued a warning to the women without laying a charge.
“They were very grateful, they were in shock. I’m sure a lot of people in this situation would think the outcome would be different, whether they’d been arrested or summoned to appear in court. “
Lima bought a $ 250 gift card for the women, so they could do their shopping at another store. Like what there is not always the “bad” in the proverb “Bon cop, bad cop”.