Cop Catches Grandma Shoplifting. But Then Does THIS.

Most times, police have to arrest people for breaking the law. But other times, they show they have a heart and here’s one scenario where it’s really good to have a heart.

Another shoplifting call at Dollar General was certainly nothing new for Officer William Stacy, with the Tarrant, Alabama, police department. His department gets shoplifting calls there all the time. And wouldn’t you know it… most of them are stealing things they don’t even need, like phone chargers or makeup.

But this time, Officer Stacy found himself confronting 47-year-old Helen Johnson. She wasn’t trying to steal a phone charger or makeup. She was trying to take some eggs to feed her two daughters, a niece and two young grandchildren. That makes things a lot different.

She told the officer her family had not eaten for a few days and all she wanted to do was get a meal inside them. And she couldn’t even afford a carton of eggs.

So instead of arresting Helen and hauling her to jail, Officer Stacy bought her that carton of eggs. The eggs cost $1.75 plus tax, and Helen tried to give the officer all that she had in her pocket, which was a dollar 25. He refused, but did ask her not to shoplift again. And she promised she would not, calling the officer her hero.

Says Officer Stacy: “When she mentioned the kids and said they were hungry, that’s when I knew I wanted to buy the eggs. No matter what the financial situation kids are in, it’s not their fault they’re hungry.”

The officer’s act of kindness was caught on video and posted to Facebook. It has been viewed nearly a million times.

I was in Tarrant city today and a lady was caught red handed stealing eggs …Instead of the police taking her to jail he bought the items. she was stealing an gave them to her..#feelgoodstoryoftheday…….

Posted by Robert Tripp on Saturday, 6 December 2014

A short time later, Stacy’s lieutenant signed Helen up for the local fire department’s toy drive, which provides food and toys for families during the holidays. When the video of Officer Stacy’s act of kindness to Helen went viral, all sorts of donations started pouring in for her and her family. It took him an entire shift to take all the food to her home and unload it. And he couldn’t have been happier about that.

Says Officer Stacy: “I don’t see myself as a hero. I’m not a big fan of cameras and the spotlight, I just want to do my job, do it the right way, and spend time with friends and family.” 

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