Tarrant, Ala., police Officer William Stacy has been called an angel for buying a carton of eggs for a woman whose family hadn’t eaten in days. What’s happened next has blown even Stacy away.On Dec. 6, Tarrant, Ala., police Officer William Stacy got a shoplifting call from Dollar General. Stacy gets such calls all the time. When he got to the store, he was shocked by what he saw: Helen Johnson, 47, was short the money she needed to get a carton of eggs, so she had stuffed a few in her pocket and they had cracked as she began to walk out.
“Usually people are stealing things like makeup or phone chargers—not things they need to get by,” Stacy told Yahoo Parenting.
Johnson told Stacy what she had done and why she had done it. At home were her “two daughters, her niece and two young grandkids,” who hadn’t eaten since the Thursday before.
“When she mentioned the kids and said they were hungry, that’s when I knew I wanted to buy the eggs,” Stacy, 23, told Yahoo Parenting. “No matter what financial situation kids are in, it’s not their fault they’re hungry.”
So Stacy paid the $1.75 plus tax for the eggs and gave them to Johnson with a promise that she never try to steal again.