Policeman Pays For Shoplifters’ Christmas Dinner Instead of Arresting Them | 22 Words

A policeman has recently gone viral after being called to a shoplifting incident because instead of arresting the family involved, he offered to pay for their Christmas dinner.

Read on to find out more about this heartwarming story...

We've just waved goodbye to Christmas...

And although it's the most wonderful time of the year, it's also one of the most stressful!

And the one thing that's more important than anything?

It's making sure that you have everything prepared and ready for that highly anticipated Christmas dinner, of course!

Not only must you secure the most delicious turkey on the market...

But you must also make sure you have all the trimmings... And yes, that includes sprouts!

Cooking a Christmas dinner is something that's far from relaxing, we must say...

And, unless you're a Michelin star chef, it's always going to be unbelievably stressful and expensive preparing the perfect festive feast.

But all of this extravagant food comes at a price...

And last week for Christmas 2020, more families than ever were feeling the pinch.

Not everyone has the money to splash on an extravagant Christmas...

And so many families have to settle with the bare minimum every year.

But one story this week was pretty extreme...

Yet it truly shows that the Christmas spirit is still alive!

A police officer was called to a grocery store in Massachusetts...

But when he saw the contents of the shoplifter's bags, he had a pretty unusual response... and it's gotten people talking.

Matt Lima is the officer in question...

And he was called to the local Stop & Shop after the owners reported shoplifting.

The owners claimed they'd seen 2 women with young children not properly scanning their items...

Meaning they'd put more than they'd paid for in their bags.

Lima spoke to the women...

And they revealed they simply didn't have the money to pay for all the items they needed for their Christmas dinner.

Lima then made the amazing decision to not press charges...

And he didn't stop there - he also paid for the outstanding money the pair owed.

"The 2 children with the women reminded me of my kids, so I had to help them out," he explained.

"They were very thankful; they were kind of shocked. I’m sure a lot of people in that same situation would be thinking that there was going to be a different outcome, and maybe they would be arrested or have to go to court," he told WJAR.

"I just did what I felt was right."

"It’s not about me, I just tried to put myself in that family’s shoes and show a little bit of empathy." For another heartwarming story, scroll on ...