A police officer’s selfless act of kindness toward a homeless woman went viral.
Joshuah Rounds wrote about the amazing act in a Facebook post, saying that he was shopping at a local mall when he saw a police officer walk in with a woman who had no shoes on.
“I asked the officer if he was buying her a pair of shoes and he said yes. So we decided to offer another pair of shoes for her. She started crying and told us that she was homeless and hadn't had shoes in over 2 months,” he wrote.
“It was clear she was telling the truth. Between us and the police officer she walked out of payless with 2 pairs of shoes a pack of socks and a scarf since the weather is getting cold(the amazing payless cashier heard us helping her and talked to the manager and they gave us a 30% discount ) thank you payless for the extra love.”
“The officer told her to meet her at the mall parking lot tomorrow at the same time so he can give her a bag of clothes that the department has. She was so thankful she couldn't stop crying. So thankful we could help her and so glad the police officer on duty took time out of his day to go in the mall with her and buy her things we take such granted for. So thankful our city is filled with helpful police officers. I won't say the officers name because i didn't ask him if i could. This just proves that all cops aren't bad.. Help it go viral to prove not all police officers are the same!!!”
The officer, Deputy Bruce Pierson, said he was called to the shopping center after the 18-year-old homeless teen was spotted moving between cars to find shade. When he arrived, the girl showed him her bare feet.
“She raised her foot, and her feet were blacker than my boots and calloused, and she said, 'I haven’t had shoes in two months,” Pierson said, KTLA reported.
That’s when the deputy decided to take the teen to a nearby shoe store and let her pick out ones that she wanted to by. The girl, identified herself as Franki, told Pierson that she’d been homeless since she was 12 years old and was currently living on the streets with her boyfriend and two dogs.
Helping Franki out was something the officer believed anyone would have done.
“It was the right thing to do … I would hope any human would do that,” Pierson said.