A police officer in Tarrant, Alabama, responded to a shoplifting call at a local Dollar General store on Saturday where he encountered a woman shoplifting a carton of eggs.
As officer William Stacy confronted the woman about the incident, another customer started filming the interaction. However, the handcuffs didn’t come out and there was no physical altercation as in much of the video footage played on the news — quite the opposite, in fact.
Instead of criminal charges, Stacy gave the woman a hug and bought her the carton of eggs she was trying to steal.
The officer told WIAT-TV that he realized he once responded to a previous call to the woman’s home, where he witnessed the very tough living conditions of she and her children. Though he admitted it was “just a small glimpse into her life,” Stacy said seeing the home was “enough to make an impression on me.”
That’s why Stacy decided to buy the carton of eggs for her so she could feed her kids, give her a hug and do his best to convince her not to attempt to steal anymore.
“I shouldn’t have done that but my babies need food,” the woman reportedly told Stacy.
“She tried to give me all the money she had. It was about $1.25. I told her the best way to pay me back was to never do something like that again,” Stacy recalled.
The officer only found out later that another customer had recorded the touching moment, which he was fine with. However, he wasn’t expecting it to go viral.
“After all the stuff that’s been going on all over the U.S. with law enforcement officers, this is a positive uplifting story. I’m just one out of hundreds of thousands that do this on a daily basis,” Stacy told WAIT-TV.
(H/T: Daily Mail)