On Dec. 20, Somerset Police Officer Matt Lima responded to a report of two women shoplifting at a grocery store. The women had two children with them. Store officials said the women did not scan all of their items at self-checkout and that numerous items on their receipt were missing. Lima took one of the women aside to ask her about the incident while store employees kept the children occupied. The mother of the children was not working and had some other family issues going on and that what she had taken was Christmas dinner for the kids. After looking at the receipt, Lima said it was clear the women were only trying to buy groceries.
Instead of charging the women with shoplifting, Lima decided to pay for their groceries!