Now here’s a story about second chances that will restore your faith in the human race.
Jessica Robles, a single mother living in Miami, was caught shoplifting nearly $300 in food from a Publix supermarket last month. But the cop that stopped her didn’t take her in to be booked.
Instead, she bought Robles and her family $100 worth of food so that they may eat.
Yeah, we can’t believe it happened either.
Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas asked Robles if she had paid for all the food she was carrying. When Robles confessed that she hadn’t, Thomas was puzzled.
“I asked her, ‘Why would you do that? What would make you do that?'” Thomas told WSVN. “And she said, ‘My children are hungry.'”
That’s when Thomas pulled her aside to check her criminal history. After finding nothing major, she charged her with a misdemeanor, but then did the unthinkable.
“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 told the station.
Robles and her children are thanking Thomas for her generosity.
Anais, Robles’ 12-year-old daughter, had tears streaming down her face as she expressed her thanks.
Around her, her two brothers, ages 6 and 2, ran below her feet with smiles on their faces.
It’s “not fun to see my brother in the dirt, hungry, asking for food, and we have to tell him, ‘there is nothing here,'” the 12-year-old sobbed to the news station.
And what did the officer ask for in return? Only that Robles do something to pay the good deed forward.
“And she said she would,” said Thomas.
Robles, who had been receiving federal assistance to buy food before she was cut off, is now looking for a job and is collecting food at a local food pantry.
We wish her family the best of luck.
SOURCE: NY Daily Mail | PHOTO CREDIT: Screengrab/WSVN