A mother in Tarrant, Alabama was caught trying to shoplift a dozen eggs in order to feed her family. However, no charges were filed and the woman left with the food after the cop himself agreed to pay for the eggs, and made her solemnly swear to never shoplift again.
In addition to that, someone managed to capture an extremely heartfelt video of the mother and the officer hugging…which has since gone on to explode in the ‘viral’ stratosphere to the tune of several thousand shares (and counting).
A woman caught shoplifting eggs in Tarrant Saturday didn’t leave with handcuffs and a court date. Thanks to a Tarrant police officer, she left with food for her family.
Officer William Stacy was called to the Dollar General on Pinson Valley Parkway when employees caught the woman trying to steal a dozen eggs, Tarrant Police Chief Dennis Reno said.
The woman had her young children in the car. She told Officer Stacy that she was only stealing because she was trying to feed her children.
Stacy talked with Dollar General, and they said they wouldn’t prosecute. So Stacy made an offer.
“He said, ‘If I give you these eggs, will you promise that you won’t shoplift anymore?'” Reno said. “He knew that she was telling the truth and that’s the reason he went in and bought the eggs.”
Stacy bought the eggs and gave them to her, Reno said. The woman then asked if she could give him a hug.
“Police officers do this all the time. Of course, these are the kind of stories that never get told,” Reno said. “Every police officer in Jefferson County has done this at one point in time.”
This isn’t a police precinct embroiled in scandal and looking for good publicity. This isn’t a cop trying to go viral by doing a good deed. This is just a man seeing a mother in distress, and recognizing that he can make a difference in her life with the tiniest of gestures. ALL THE FEELS.
Here’s the video captured of the two’s embrace in the parking lot that has since gone viral:
For the full story you can read HERE on AL.com.