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Monday, February 8, 2010

Frozen pizza is the new fish

Talking to the police will get you cited (and sometimes justly so), but sometimes it yields more than that:
Ziegler had asked the man why he had been stealing.

“He was really upset,” Ziegler said this week. “Basically, he told me he’s having a hard time and can’t provide the food for his family right now, so that’s why he was stealing.”

Ziegler already had the man’s address, but asked for the man’s phone number.

“I told him, ‘Give me 15 minutes,’ and I went and got him some food.”

Ziegler ran to Wal-Mart, picked up a few frozen pizzas and delivered them to the man’s house.
And he would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for those kids and their stupid dog the dispatch reporter.

It is just as important to applaud and encourage the good as it is to resist and condemn the evil. Officer Ziegler, we salute you, and we salute the many out there that aren't caught, but do it anyway.


Elusive Wapiti said...

Awesome. It is nice to see justice tempered with mercy from time to time.

Professor Hale said...

This is a strange story for several reasons. Most shoplifting is for luxury items (designer label clothing), not essentials like food. Most shoplifters have jobs. Most shoplifters steal from teh stores where they work. Every American has access to food through multiple state, federal and local food programs. Most typical homeless panhandlers say they need food for their families.

I can only imagine that this was the policeman's first day on the job, or he is incredibly gullible for someone who runs into petty thieves on a daily basis.