A homeless man was arrested after allegedly stealing $2.25 worth of cookies from a Florida church.
The First Baptist Church of Royal Palm Beach claims they had him arrested for his own good.
The Palm Beach Post reports that the homeless man was looking for help when he entered the church through an unlocked door.
He then helped himself to the cookies that he found.
A cleaning woman saw him take them and called 911. When a deputy arrived, he found the homeless man sitting by the church entrance.
A church employee told the deputy they would press charges for the alleged cookie theft, and the homeless man was promptly arrested.
Criticism has surfaced regarding the incident stating that Christian values were not being upheld.
The Independent reports that a church representative has responded to the criticism with the following statement:
"The young man appeared to be under the influence. Since he was wandering around the neighborhood, the officer suggested the best course may be to press charges for the incident which would enter the young man into the system where he could find help. The church staff member agreed. Although our church partners with PBSO (Palm Beach County Sheriff Office) to provide hundreds of meals for needy families, this time we agreed with the officer’s suggestion that the young man needed more help than just a free meal. We have contacts with rehabilitation programs. We do refer individuals to such programs and in retrospect we might have done so with this individual.”
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