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Policeman buys family food instead of arresting them for shoplifting


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A US police officer who was called out to arrest a family suspected of shoplifting instead bought them some food so they could have a decent Christmas dinner.

 

Matt Lima was called to a food store in Somerset, Massachusetts, last month, a police statement said.

 

Two women were reported not to be scanning all of their groceries.

 

When questioned, the family said they had fallen upon hard times and could not afford to pay for all the food.

 

They had still wanted to give the children a Christmas dinner.

 

Mr Lima served them with a "no trespass" order, but did not press charges as all the items on the shopping receipt were for food, police said.

 

He then bought them gift cards worth $250 (£180) with his own money so the women and their two children would be able to buy food for their Christmas dinner at another shop of the same chain.

 

"The two children with the women reminded me of my kids, so I had to help them out," Officer Lima said.

 

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55522825

 

What a nice gesture, well done to office Lima :) 

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Saw this the other day.  Always stories like this around the holidays.  Past years, Police bought presents for people/their kids as well instead of arresting them.  Need more acts of kindness like this from people.   The food store could have come out and looked really good if they donated the food instead of issuing the no trespass order. 

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