Mom Caught Shoplifting Eggs Gets Unexpected Response From Police (VIDEO)

With anti-police protests surging around the country, it's nice to hear occasionally about police officers doing something great for someone. The latest story comes from Tarrant, Alabama, where police officer William Stacy responded to a shoplifting call at a local Dollar Store. He expected it would be someone stealing candy, his most common call. But when he got there, he was surprised, and saddened, to see what the woman was caught stealing: eggs.

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Stacy said he was "familiar" with the woman and her "situation" and that she apologized for stealing but said she was trying to feed her babies.

Instead of hauling her off to the precinct, Stacy decided to do what any decent human being would do: buy the eggs. Little did he know that a bystander was filming the entire thing. Here it is:

 

The officer said the woman even tried to give him the money she had on hand, $1.25, but that he wouldn't take it. The person who recorded the exchange, Robert Tripp, told WBRC:

He approached it like I'm going to talk to her to see what is going on, assess the situation, see what is going on first besides attacking her. I thought it was pretty cool.

Ah, assessing the situation. Seeing what was going on first before attacking her. How much better things would be if all officers did that.

Of course, unless you've walked in a cop's shoes, you can't know the pressures and fears they go through, but certainly assessing a situation that doesn't seem to be dangerous could really help out everyone. And make people view cops in a different light. Unfortunately, too many of them shoot first, ask questions later.

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It's also unfortunate that in the richest country in the world, there are still people who feel they must steal eggs. Let's hope this woman is able to get some help and get on her feet. Meanwhile, her kids will have some omelets soon!

Have you ever bought groceries for someone in need?


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