“She Asked, ‘Do You Even Have Food at the House?’ And I Looked at Her in Her Face, and I Told Her, ‘Not At All’”

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In late September 2013, Jessica Robles had no food for her three children: 12-year-old Anais and two sons aged two and six. She also had no money. Anais said, “Not fun, to see my brother in the dirt hungry, asking for food, and we have to tell him, ‘There is nothing here.’” To get food, Ms. Robles went to a Publix supermarket, filled a shopping cart with $300 worth of food, and — according to police — pushed the cart out the door without paying. Miami-Dade (Florida) Police Officer Vicki Thomas stopped Ms. Robles. Ms. Thomas said, “I asked her, ‘Why would you do that? What would make you do that?’ And she said, ‘My children are hungry.’” Ms. Thomas searched Ms. Robles’ criminal history and discovered that she was not a habitual shoplifter, and so Ms. Thomas charged her with a misdemeanor. Then Ms. Thomas used her own money to buy Ms. Robles $100 worth of groceries. Ms. Thomas said, “I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn’t going to solve the problem with her children being hungry.” Ms. Robles said, “She asked, ‘Do you even have food at the house?’ And I looked at her in her face, and I told her, ‘Not at all.’” Ms. Thomas said, “So I went in and bought her some groceries.” Ms. Robles’ sons were happy to get the food. Ms. Thomas said, “To see them go through the bags when we brought them in, it was like Christmas. That $100 to me was worth it.” Ms. Robles’ boyfriend had recently lost his job. He had been getting federal assistance for food, but that stopped because of a problem with paperwork. Ms. Robles is looking for a job and is getting food from a food bank. She said about Ms. Thomas, “All I wanted to tell her is thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Crying, Anais said, “Thank you so very much for doing it for us, and we’re very thankful.” Ms. Thomas said, “The only thing I asked of her is, when she gets on her feet, that she help someone else out, and she said she would.”

For Further Information: “Cop helps admitted shoplifter with groceries.” WSVN (Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida). 22 October 2013

http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21012009392020/cop-helps-admitted-shoplifter-with-groceries/

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