Last year has been hard across the board. Between a global pandemic and unprecedented financial crisis, it’s led many families to making hard choices that they never would under normal circumstances. But sometimes those hard choices lead us to see the real heart of good people like one officer in Somerset, Massachusetts who came to the rescue of persons in need.
It was just five days before Christmas when…
Officer Lima, from the Somerset Police Department, was called out to a shoplifting incident at a Stop & Shop at 815 Grand Army Highway.
He was available and close enough that he could immediately speed over to lend a hand. Since it was close to Christmas, he must have expected that someone was being reported for stealing health and beauty supplies right before the holidays.
Once there, Officer Lima discovered that…
Lima spoke to an asset protection associate who claimed to witness two women with two young children shoplifting. The associate claimed to have witnessed them using the self check-out line and only ringing up some of their purchases, but keeping other items in their basket.
The women told Officer Lima a story he wouldn’t forget
“There was nothing else on there like health and beauty items, shampoo, anything like that, It was all food.”
Officer Lima was touched by their story
Officer Lima believed them, because he knew how hard the year’s events had hit the country. Millions of Americans fell on hard times with unemployment rates rising as high as 14.7% back in April 2020. So he could believe that these women were good people who made the hard choice in a terrible situation.
He could also see himself in the exact same situation. He told WJAR interviewers that:
“I have two girls myself, similar in age to the two girls who were there. So it kind of struck me a little bit.”
So Officer Lima did something incredible
This kind officer didn’t arrest the women and he talked with the store and convinced them to not press charges. He did warn the women to not trespass at the location. Letting the women go was extraordinary enough, but then he took it one step further.
He went into the store and purchased $250 in Shop & Go gift cards and gave them to the women so they could purchase what they needed from another location without the children being the wiser.
Officer Lima explains his actions by saying:
“Obviously, this family was in need, and I can’t imagine having to make the decision to go to Stop & Shop and just only pay for what I can afford — or do I go there and try to take things for Christmas dinner for the kids?”
His kindness was rewarded when…
Following shoplifting call, police officer pays for groceries of family in needhttps://t.co/J81xgfmiIo
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 3, 2021