It’s never easy living in poverty, and when one loving Mom had to make the choice between stealing food or letting her kids go hungry, she attempted to take five eggs from a local store but was caught. When Constable William Stacy arrived at the scene and heard her story, he felt sorry for her and, instead of punishing her, decided to change something.
That day he decided to buy the eggs for her and to give her, Mrs. Johnson, a hug.
Johnson nurtures her two daughters, nieces and two grandchildren, ages 1 and 3, at only $ 120 a month.
However, last week her pay was lost, leaving the Johnsons on the brink of starvation.
By Saturday, the family had not eaten for two days, so Johnson went to the local Dollar General with only $1.25 to try and buy eggs.
To her despair she found herself 50 cents short of being able to buy the eggs, and put five eggs into her pockets.
At the time it may not have seemed that way, but fortuitously the eggs broke in her pocket.
“I am not a good thief at all,” Mrs. Johnson said.
The store’s staff stopped her as she was about to leave the jacket with the egg whites and yolks, and Johnson immediately admitted that she had stolen them to feed her family.
The store had already called the police and when Officer William arrived, he told her to stay where she was while he talked with the store owners.
They decided together not to lay charges against Ms. Johnson, but when they arrived at the grandmother’s house with tears, she expected handcuffs to be brought.
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