Florida Officer Buys Meal for Homeless Man and Sits Down on the Sidewalk to Eat with Him

© TiAnna S. Greene/Ocala Police Department Photos from social media of Oscala Sgt. Erica Hay eating breakfast with a homeless man.
© TiAnna S. Greene/Ocala Police Department
Photos from social media of Oscala Sgt. Erica Hay eating breakfast with a homeless man.

A Florida cop’s impromptu breakfast date with a homeless man has gone viral. 

Ocala Sgt. Erica Hays bought a Dunkin Donuts sandwich and a cup of coffee for a hungry homeless man — and then plopped down next to him on the curb to eat alongside him.

Photos of the touching meal, snapped by a driver stopped at a red light, have been shared thousands of times on Facebook.

Hay, a 20-year police veteran, said she had just finished a morning meeting at police headquarters and ran to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. On her way, she saw the man sitting on a curb next to a gas station.

The policewoman decided to grab an extra sandwich and coffee at the chain in case the man was still there on her walk back.

He was.

“I didn’t have anyone else to eat breakfast with that morning either,” she said on “Fox & Friends” Monday. “He was gracious enough to eat with me as well.”

Hay said she knows most of the homeless people in Ocala, a central Florida city of 50,000 people about 30 miles south of Gainesville. However, this man was a stranger.

“He was hungry, and he appreciated it, and he’s a good person,” she said.

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Source: New York Daily News | MEG WAGNER