When a woman was caught shoplifting, police didn’t arrest her. Instead, one officer paid her bill.
Jessica Robles was stopped as she walked out of a grocery store in Florida with a cart full of food that she didn’t pay for.
Robles said she was receiving federal assistance but due to a paperwork issue, the aid stopped and she had nothing to feed her three children.
“She came out and asked, ‘You don’t have food at the house?’ And I looked at her, and I saw the look on her face, I said, ‘No, I don’t,” Robles 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,” said Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas. She bought Robles $100 worth of groceries.
Instead of arresting Robles, she was charged with a misdemeanor and given a notice to appear in court.