“Poverty often drives people to desperate acts. Faced with the choice of stealing or letting the children die of hunger, the woman chose the former without hesitation.
She took only 5 eggs but was immediately caught. When William Stacey arrived at the scene and heard her story, he felt sorry for her and instead of punishing her, decided to help.
Mrs. Johnson is raising her two daughters, nieces, and two grandchildren, aged 1 to 3, on just $120 per month. However, last week, they were robbed and the family was on the brink of starvation.
Saturday, after 2 days of having nothing to eat, the woman went to the local supermarket with only $1.25 to buy eggs. To her despair, she couldn’t afford 50 cents’ worth of eggs and put five eggs in her pockets.
Furthermore, they immediately broke. ‘I’m not a very good thief,’ said Mrs. Johnson.
Store employees stopped her when they saw egg yolk and white dripping from her pockets. The unfortunate woman immediately confessed that she had stolen them to feed her family.
The store called the police, but when Officer William arrived and heard her story, he decided not to arrest her. Together, they decided not to press charges against Mrs. Johnson.
They let her go home. But when the officer visited her at home, Mrs. Johnson assumed he had come to arrest her. She cried bitterly.
However, the officer simply decided to make sure her story wasn’t a lie and went to inspect her house. Seeing the poverty of the family, he understood that Johnson was not lying and that she was truly desperate.
The officer bought her a carton of eggs, and when Johnson asked how she could repay him, he simply asked her never to shoplift again.
The next day, William and several colleagues showed up at the woman’s house with two food trucks for her and her family. ‘
The last time I saw this much food, I was 12 years old and stayed with my grandmother,’ said Mrs. Johnson. ‘I cried all day.’
Police Chief Williams said that he received calls from all over the United States and around the world thanking him and wanting to send money, food, and clothes to Mrs. Johnson.”