TARRANT, Ala. – An Alabama police officer says that he wants to encourage other communities to help feed the hungry after he recently delivered several truckloads of groceries to a grandmother that was caught stealing eggs in order to feed her toddler-aged grandchildren.
Tarrant officer William Stacy was called to a General Dollar store on Dec. 6 as a woman had been discovered with eggs in her pocket. Helen Johnson, 47, says that she went to the store with $1.25 in cash, but arrived to find that the eggs were $1.75 and that she was 50 cents short.
As she didn’t have enough money and feared her grandchildren might starve otherwise, she placed three of the eggs in her jacket pocket. She was then discovered shoplifting and store personnel called the police.
When Stacy arrived on the scene, he learned that Johnson’s household hadn’t eaten since Thursday. Johnson lives with her niece, two daughters and two grandchildren, ages 1 and 3. While Stacy said that he is often called to the store over shoplifting, he believed that this situation was different and saw a desperate woman who needed help and not punishment.
Written by Heather Clark
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