Heart And Sole: Police Officer Wasn’t Expecting Accolades When He Paid It Forward
Posted by GreaterGoodness
With war, crime and politics so often top of the newsreel, it can be easy to forget the positive events that take place in our world every day. Good deeds aren’t rare — they’re just under-reported. Take the story of Hueytown police officer Corporal Sebastian Goldman’s interaction with a young Food Giant employee, which recently went viral. Corporal Goldman regularly goes to the Hueytown, Alabama Food Giant to buy groceries for jail inmates. On a recent trip to the local store, he met a 19-year-old employee at the checkout, who helped him load groceries into his car. As the two men walked out into the rain, Goldman noticed the younger man had duct tape wound around one of his shoes.
After the cop mused aloud as to whether the teen’s taped sneaker was a fashion statement, the young man told Goldman that he’d split his shoes. Apparently, the employee planned to wait until payday to buy a new pair of sneakers.
Concerned at the young man’s predicament, Goldman casually asked the employee what size shoes he wore. After dropping the groceries off at the jail, the veteran policeman ventured out again — this time to buy shoes for the teen who’d so graciously helped him with his shopping. After picking up a pair of size 12-and-a-half sneakers, Goldman went back to Food Giant and presented the surprised young man with a new pair of shoes. When the teen asked how much he owed, the cop told him to simply “pay it forward.”
Goldman’s gesture didn’t go unnoticed. A local woman witnessed the incident and posted her experience on Facebook. A little while later, the story went viral.
When asked about the law enforcement officer’s friendly conduct, his boss, Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler, said that he wasn’t surprised. “Most police officers that I know are fundamentally good people,” said Chief Hagler. In a news cycle full of drama, good deeds frequently go unreported. There are exceptions to the rule, however, and Corporal Goldman’s story is one of them. If you enjoyed this kindness-centric story, you can click here to read more good news.