Some people go beyond the rules their jobs set to help others, and in a very inspiring act of kindness, this cop from Alabama will prove that to you.
On a normal Saturday morning, Officer William Stacy got a call about a woman shoplifting from a store in Tarrant, Alabama. Finding the case not unusual, he can attest to the fact that many of the offenders take items that they want like makeup or phone chargers; but at the time, Stacy was faced with a different situation.
The shoplifter was 47-year-old Helen Johnson, a mother to two girls and taking care of a niece and two young grandchildren. Running out of ways to feed them and knowing that they haven’t eaten for three days, Johnson opted to steal a few eggs from the nearby Dollar General. But she was caught and the police were alerted, and Johnson knew that it was not going to be a good day.
But when Officer Stacy met Johnson and knew about her situation, he kept his handcuff and handed her a carton of eggs instead. And when Johnson offered him the $1.25 dollars in her pocket to pay for the item that cost $1.75, he said all he wanted was a promise from her not to shoplift again.
Thankful for the officer’s kind act, Johnson expressed her happiness in an interview with AL News. “I was like ‘Oh my god! Thank you, Jesus, for this man. He is my hero,” she said.
Unknown to Johnson and Officer Stacy, another customer Robert Tripp caught the happening on cam and posted it on his Facebook account with the hashtag #feelgoodstoryoftheday. The video went viral, gaining almost 25,000 likes and 13,423 shares, and because of this, when Stacy went to work the next day, he was greeted by donations from across the country. “It took an entire shift to take all the stuff to her house and unload it. I’ve taken three Tahoe loads of food to her house, and I know a food bank came to bring her food, and they also got a Christmas tree donated,” Officer Stacy recalled.
The twenty-three-year-old cop still could not believe that what he did would gain much attention. Not used to cameras and the spotlight, Stacy said that he’s just hoping this would reach a lot of people and would convince them to give more to the poor.
Asked as to why he did it, Officer William Stacy said that he knows how it could go because he has kids himself. “No matter what financial situation kids are in, it’s not their fault they’re hungry,” he said. And he believes that it is something someone who works for a certain people has to do. “We have hearts—you have to have a big heart and clear conscience to do this job.”