With all the negative stories we see of police brutality and discrimination, it is wonderful to see, mixed in, a story like that of Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas. In September, Officer Thomas was called when Jessica Robles, the mother of three children, was seen walking out of a Publix in Ojus, FL with a cart full of groceries for which she had not exactly paid.
Instead of carting Robles off to jail, Officer Thomas took notice that she did not have an extensive criminal history, nor was she a habitual shoplifter. She charged Robles with a misdemeanor and did something no one would expect — bought the struggling mother $100 worth of groceries!
Robles is currently desperately looking for work, and her boyfriend has lost his job. It has been tough for the family, who now rely on food banks. They receive SNAP assistance, but it is temporarily stopped because of a paperwork issue.
When Thomas approached Robles, she asked, “what would make you do that?” Robles responded that her children were hungry, she had no food in the house–so Officer Thomas bought her some food! “I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn’t going to solve the problem with her children being hungry,” said Thomas, adding that watching them go through the bags of groceries “was like Christmas.”
“That $100 to me was worth it.”
Thomas asked only one thing of Robles: that she help someone in need once she is able. Robles says that she will.
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