It was five days before Christmas when Somerset, Massachusetts, police officer Matt Lima responded to a report of shoplifting from a nearby Stop & Shop supermarket. He learned that two women with two young children had not scanned all their groceries at the self-checkout kiosk before leaving the store. Lime took the suspects aside and learned they had fallen on hard times. The tried to steal additional groceries to give the children a Christmas dinner.
Officer Lima refused to file criminal charges. "The two children...reminded me of my kids," he said, "so I had to help them out." Instead of filing charges, he bought gift cards with his own money, which allowed the women to buy groceries for their Christmas dinner at another Stop-and-Shop location.
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