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Officer Buys Baby Formula for Single Dad Who Attempted to Steal It

The Short of It

Ready for the feel good story of the week? Then "meet" officer Justin Roby of London, Ky., who was called to a local Kroger grocery store to deal with a shoplifter. But instead of arresting the man, Roby came to his rescue in a very unexpected way.

The Lowdown

Roby couldn't bring himself to press charges against the shoplifter when he learned he was a single dad who had fallen on hard times and couldn't buy formula for his infant.

"Me citing him for court wouldn't have done any good for him. He's already short on money, can't afford formula, so me making him appear in court, he's still not going to have any food for that baby," Roby explained to WKYT News Kentucky.

So Roby purchased several cans of baby formula for the would-be shoplifter and sent him on his way.

The kind-hearted officer wants his actions to dispel the perception that policemen don't care about the citizens they are charged with protecting and serving.

"Behind the uniform, I'm a human being and I'm a person out in this community just like any of them. I have a little boy. I'm a father just like that gentleman was. We're not these robots ... There's a human behind the badge," he said.

The Upshot

Here's hoping this story inspires you to pay it forward with a random act of kindness. I, for one, am moved to look a little deeper next time I rush to judgment about a person's actions and help instead.

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