State Trooper Buys Meal for Panhandler Before Eating With Her On The Side of The Road
When an alleged panhandler spotted a Massachusetts State Trooper heading in her direction, she expected to be asked to move along, not treated to a meal.
Trooper Luke Bonin from the State Police Dartmouth Barracks was reportedly driving along when he spotted a woman in Fall River holding a sign, asking for help.
According to a Facebook post by Massachusetts State Police on the deed, that was when Bonin decided to continue driving, and picked up two meals for them to eat.
When the trooper pulled up to the woman, officials wrote, "thinking he was there to remove her from the side of the road, she immediately stated to him that she would leave."
But Bonin reportedly replied, "I'm not here to kick you out."
Instead, he pulled out the meals and asked her to take her pick.
And, unbeknownst to him at the time, a passerby snapped a photo that showed him perched on the cruiser's bumper, chatting up the woman who made herself comfortable in the grass.
"Trooper Bonin, we know you do not want or expect publicity. We know you didn’t want to be noticed, but you were, and the job is proud of you," the Massachusetts State Police wrote on their Facebook post that has since gone viral. "We commend you for your selfless act, and for 'doing the right thing' for someone less fortunate than most people."