A group of NYPD officers decided to pay for a woman’s groceries instead of making an arrest after she was accused of shoplifting at a Manhattan Whole Foods on Thursday.
“I saw the woman opened up her bag, and one of the officers looked in the bag,” said Paul Bozymowski, who witnessed the scene, later posting a photo online. “And [the cop] said: ‘I’ll buy your food.’ Just really simply and plainly.”
This woman was being held by security.
She had food in her bag she didn’t pay for.
When the NYPD showed up, they paid for her food.
— paul bozymowski (@pboz) July 4, 2019
The photo in Bozymowski’s tweet shows the woman breaking in tears as 3 police officers pay the $35 for her food.
“We knew we should be doing the right thing by her,” said NYPD officers.
“We knew we should be doing the right thing by her.”
You may recognize these officers from a recent tweet from @Pboz. Listen to them explain their heartfelt actions and that they didn’t realize they were being photographed ➡️ https://t.co/d1gtZ7wpqZ pic.twitter.com/RVANQ9PCDj
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 5, 2019
Department Chief, Terence Monahan retweeted Bozymowski’s post and highlighted the officers’ good deed, “Cops like Lt. Sojo and Officers Cuevas and Rivera of the Strategic Response Group are the kind-hearted cops who quietly do good deeds for New Yorkers in need.”