A South Florida police officer went above and beyond the call of duty when she lent a helping hand to a struggling single mother she stopped for shoplifting.
The mother of 3 admitted that she shoplifted the groceries-- she had no money left to feed her children who are 2,6, and 12 years old.
According to police, she walked out pushing a cart filled with $300 worth of groceries for which she did not pay.
When the woman told Officer Vicki Thomas that her children were hungry, the officer decided not to take her into custody.
After she ran her criminal history and found nothing major, the cop charged her with a misdemeanor and bought her $100 worth of groceries.
The officer said, 'Arresting her wasn't going to solve the problem with her children being hungry."