Shoplifter receives compassion from police officer

The call went out to Police Officer Justin Roby — there was a suspected shoplifter at the Kroger grocery store in London, Kentucky, being held by the store’s loss-prevention officer.

But what typically is an open-and-shut scenario turned out to be anything but after Roby started talking to the detained man after he arrived on the scene last weekend.

The down-on-his luck single father was caught stealing baby formula for his six-month-old son who was with him at the store, Roby told WKYT-TV. The officer at the store didn’t want to press charges — and neither did Roby.

“Me citing him for court wouldn’t have done any good for him,” Roby told WKYT. “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.”

But that’s not the only merciful thing that happened: Roby bought the baby formula for the dad.

“You put yourself in the situations,” he told WKYT. “I think, ‘Well, what if me and my son, what if this was us?’”

Roby also made sure the dad knew that rather than shoplift he could seek organizations designed to help those in need like him.

By Dave Urbanski – The Blaze –

Jason Brown left the NFL to feed the hungry

St. Louis Rams center Jason Brown has left the NFL to pursue farming:

“My agent told me, ‘You’re making the biggest mistake of your life,’” Brown told CBS. “And I looked right back at him and I said, ‘No I’m not. No I’m not.’”

Back in 2009, Brown signed a $37.5 million dollar contract with the Rams, making him the highest paid center in all of football. He earned about $25 million of that contract and decided to leave the final year’s $12.5 million on the table. Instead, he bought 1,000 acres of farmland in North Carolina.

Brown is doing this to help the less fortunate. He grows sweet potatoes and other vegetables and donates his harvest to food pantries. According to the News & Observer, he has given away 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 10,000 pounds of cucumbers this fall.

….He calls his farm the “First Fruits Farm.”

By Walter Einenkel – Daily Kos –