When a Massachusetts police officer saw the list of things two women tried to steal from a grocery store five days before Christmas, his situation touched his heart.
“It was all food,” he remarked.
Instead of arresting her, he bought a $ 250 gift card to pay for the Christmas dinner.
Somerset Police Department officer Matt Lima paid for dinner after responding to a call at the local stop and shop and seeing the two young children with the women who were caught skipping the scanner at the checkout and dropped several items had right in their pockets.
“I have two girls myself, about the same age as the two girls who were there. That impressed me a bit,” Lima told NBC’s local subsidiary, WJAR.
He was moved to learn that the mother of the two children did not have a job and the food they stole was for their holiday meal. “There was nothing but health and beauty items, shampoo, that sort of thing. It was all food, ”he said. “I was just trying to put myself in this family’s shoes and show a little empathy.”
The store gave two women the “no abuse” order.
Somerset Police Chief George McNeil praised the officer in a statement in which he said, “This incident is a true testament to the great character and decision-making of Officer Lima.”