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Wed Oct 23, 2013, 08:54 AM

 

Miami-Dade officer buys food for mom caught shoplifting

A police officer in south Florida was so moved by the plight of a struggling single mother who was caught shoplifting that she helped her out.

Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas purchased $100 in groceries for Jessica Robles, who admitted she made a decision to shoplift groceries out of desperation.

"I asked her, 'Why would you do that? What would make you do that?' " said Thomas, the officer who stopped Robles. "And she said, 'My children are hungry."

Instead of taking Robles into custody, Thomas ran her criminal history and found nothing major. The officer saw Robles was not a habitual shoplifter, so she charged her with a misdemeanor and a notice to appear in court.

Thomas also took an extra step to help Robles and her children. "I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn't going to solve the problem with her children being hungry," she said.

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2013/10/22/miami_dade_officer_b.html

Daily reading of the news can lead one to think all the good drained out of Florida, not so!

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antiquie Oct 2013 OP
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Response to antiquie (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 09:00 AM

1. Wow. Recommended. (nt)

 

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Response to antiquie (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 09:38 AM

2. I was in the grocery store once when the cops led this poor homeless guy out.

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He had been caught shoplifting a bottle of CHEAP wine (not good expensive stuff).
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He and his clothes were filthy. His hair and beard were wild and unkempt. You could
tell he had some serious emotional/cognitive problems.
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I'm torn. Getting arrested probably got him a bed and safe place to live/sleep for a
few days. But I also feel guilty because I didn't act on my impulse to ask the police
if they'd let him (and his wine) go if I paid for it.
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It really does bother me -- but has positively affected the way I react to some people
and situations now.
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 10:28 AM

3. With all the smiles you've brought to hurting people,

 

including me, you should not even consider that one lack of action a minus.

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Response to antiquie (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 10:36 AM

4. !!!

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