Cop buys groceries for mother who shoplifted food
A police officer who caught a Florida mother shoplifting at a grocery store did something unusual rather than taking her to jail.
According to police, Jessica Robles walked out of a supermarket pushing a shopping cart filled with $300 of groceries which she didn't pay for.
When a Miami-Dade police officer stopped her, Robles told her she did it out of desperation to feed her three young children. When her story checked out, and she found Robles had no criminal record, Officer Vicki Thomas took an extra step.
"I made the decision to buy her some groceries, because arresting her wasn't going to solve the problem with her children being hungry," Thomas said.
Thomas cited Robles for just a misdemeanor and also asked her to help someone else.
Robles didn't have a car, so Thomas loaded the $100 worth of groceries into the police car and the gave her a ride home.
Once Robles' story went public, a man who heard about it hired her on the spot for a customer service position.
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