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Police officer buys food for family caught shoplifting

Before Christmas, the family said they were experiencing hard times and could not afford to pay for all of their food, but still wanted to provide a nice meal for their children.

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Officer Matt Lima was called to a grocery store in Somerset, Massachusetts where two women were reportedly scanning some – but not all – of their groceries at a self-checkout kiosk. 

But, instead of arresting them, he decided to pay for their food. 

Shortly before Christmas, the family said they were experiencing hard times and could not afford to pay for all of their food, but still wanted to provide a nice meal for their children. 

Lima served when with a “no trespass” order, then bought them a gift card worth $250 so they could buy the items needed for Christmas dinner at another store location. 

He did so out of the kindness of his own heart. 

“The two children with the women reminded me of my kids, so I had to help them out,” Lima said in an interview with WPTV. 

“They were very thankful, they were kind of shocked. I’m sure a lot of people in that same situation would be thinking that there was going to be a different outcome, and maybe they would be arrested or have to go to court,” he added.

“I bought the gift card close in value to what would’ve been taken.” 

He said that he felt for the family and did what he felt was right. 

“I just did what I felt was right,” he said. “It’s not about me, I just tried to put myself in that family’s shoes and show a little bit of empathy.”  

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  1. Marvelous Dames

    January 5, 2021 at 11:08 am

    This act of kindness is what America is all about. So, thank you Officer Lima. Please know that most of us salute you and are not at all about defunding law enforcement.

    God bless you.

  2. Holly Stitt

    January 5, 2021 at 11:09 am

    So proud of this officer. That was so kind and showed them their are still good Christian people in this crazy world

  3. Kevin Thompson

    January 5, 2021 at 11:12 am

    A fine example that most officers care about the community and people they serve. Considering the modest incomes of law enforcement officers, this was a most generous gesture and in my mind should be given a community hero award. Sadly, most mainstream liberal media will not cover this story.

  4. Patti G.

    January 5, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Heartwarming, God’s work. Often Law enforcement offices help ppl but we don’t hear about it.

  5. Gunny Laurell

    January 5, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Just remember, the cop was entirely wrong. He was not there to enforce his feelings or morals. He was there to enforce the law. When cops don’t even enforce the law, why does anyone expect anyone else to obey or enforce the law. Yeah, kind of him. Yeah, heartwarming Storyline. But in a society crumbling due to lack of law and order…. the cops not even setting the example. Fire him!

  6. Edward K. Mccaffery

    January 5, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    And they say cops are bad

  7. Dianne

    January 5, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you for your kindness, Officer! God bless you!

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Democrats Introduce ‘Transgender Bill Of Rights’

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On Tuesday, House Democrats introduced a “Transgender Bill of Rights” to “protect and codify the rights of transgender and nonbinary people under the law and ensure their access to medical care, shelter, safety, and economic security.”

Led by Democrat Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA), David Cicilline (RI), Marie Newman (IL), Mark Takano (CA), and Ritchie Torres (NY), HR 1209 proposes “amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity and sex characteristics in public accommodations and federally funded programs and activities.”

“As we witness Republicans and an extremist Supreme Court attack and roll back the fundamental rights of trans people across our country, and as state legislatures across the country target our trans community with hateful, bigoted, and transphobic attacks, we are standing up and saying enough is enough,” said Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and co-chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force.

“Our Trans Bill of Rights says clearly to the trans community across the country that we see you and we will stand with you to ensure you are protected and given the dignity and respect that every person should have,” Jayapal added.

The bill seeks to increase the ability of children to get permanent and life changing surgeries by “eliminating unnecessary governmental restrictions on the provision of, and access to, gender-affirming medical care and counseling for transgender and nonbinary adults, adolescents, and children.”

The bill will additionally ensure that biological male students are allowed to compete in girls’ sports by amending federal “education laws to ensure that they protect students from discrimination based on sex, including gender identity and sex characteristics, and guarantee students’ right to participate in sports on teams that best align with their gender identity.”

Federal education laws will also be amended to allow students to :use school facilities that best align with their gender identity,” meaning that biological males would be allowed to use girls’ restrooms and locker rooms.

The bill expands beyond “transgender rights” to also ban states from making laws restricting abortion by “codifying the right to abortion.”

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