Victoria Police Officer's Heartwarming Gesture to Homeless Man
Two Victorian Police officers have been commended for a heartwarming act, buying a homeless man food during a cold night in Melbourne during lockdown.
The touching moment was captured on video by blogger Adele Barbaro, whilst she was on a grocery run. She explains that she saw the two police officers approach the homeless man at the entry of the supermarket. He had a handwritten sign requesting spare change to get some food.
Barbaro continues to explain that instead of telling him to move on, they asked him, "What brings you out in the cold tonight mate?”
As she went on her normal grocery round, she saw the officers inside with a hot roast chook and bread rolls thinking it was for their own dinner. She then noticed them getting staples like rice and cereal and one officer said, "We probably need to get him some milk too.”
Seeing them at the checkout, she realised the officers were buying the homeless man food.
Her full post reads:
Victoria Police also reposted the video commending the officers, captioning:
"For Melbournians, this lockdown is not our first rodeo and we know people are doing it tough.
Follow in the footsteps of First Constable Jones and Constable Jacobson. Be Kind.”
"Thanks for sharing such an awesome story. Kudos to two police officers going above and beyond. Need more stories like this on social media."
In tough times like these this is the kind of stuff we need to see more of! Great work to both officers involved, what a way to connect to the public. But also great work to you for broadcasting such a genuine act of kindness!
The interaction comes after Victoria went into a seven-day circuit breaker lockdown which was extended for another seven days.
The two officers, First Constable Sheridan Jones, and Constable Simon Jacobson revealed they weren't aware the act was caught on camera. They spoke about the act of kindness in another video by The Police Association Victoria.
First Constable Sheridan Jones explains that she didn’t want to move the man on until they had somewhere to send him and asked him when was the last time he had eaten. Jones gave the man two choices: to go inside with them or for them to surprise him. She then revealed what was inside the bag which included, a hot chicken, rolls, bananas, pasta, milk, and snowballs.
Image Credit: (@adele_barbaro / Instagram)