GOOD NEWS Instead of Arresting Him, Cop Buys Baby Formula for Shoplifting Dad
A Kentucky police officer's act of kindness helped a single dad get out of a tough situation.
Officer Justin Roby was called to the Kroger grocery store in London, Kentucky on Jan. 17, after a loss prevention officer stopped a man for shoplifting.
The man, who had his six-month-old baby with him, had fallen on hard times. He was caught trying to steal baby formula.
"Me citing him for court wouldn't have done any good for him," Roby said to WKYT. "He's already short on money, can't afford formula, so me making him appear in court, he's still not going to have any food for that baby."
The store didn't press charges against the father in light of his circumstances. But what Roby did next took the dad by surprise. Instead of placing him in handcuffs, he bought the father several cans of baby formula.
"I think when [a lot of people] look at us, they see just the uniform and just the car, just the tools that we have on our belt," Roby explained to WKYT. "But behind the uniform, I'm a human being and I'm a person out in this community just like any of them. I have a little boy. I'm a father just like that gentleman was. We're not these robots. There's a human behind the badge."