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Tampa officer gets mother out of jam
TBO.com ^ | July 28, 2009 | RAY REYES

Posted on 07/31/2009 8:25:56 PM PDT by LuxMaker

TAMPA - A woman caught taking about $70 worth of items at a Sweetbay Supermarket last week said she did it for her children.

So instead of arresting her, a Tampa police officer paid for the diapers, formula and other baby care products the woman was accused of taking. He even threw in a couple of sandwiches.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: charity; leo; shoplifting; theft
Good to see a good cop story once in awhile.
1 posted on 07/31/2009 8:25:56 PM PDT by LuxMaker
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To: LuxMaker
Yeah, sure is. But this doesn't make up the Hillsborough Co sherrifs taking a woman into the station without letting her get dressed after they busted her for subathing in her own, completely fenced in back yard. Or the Tampa cop who stalked a young lady after stopping for a "traffic violation," stopping by her apartment on the way home. Or for the middle aged guy that took 42 slugs for reaching for his wallet after being stopped on I-75.

Just a few that come to mind.

Yeah, a cop acting like a human being is a nice change.

2 posted on 07/31/2009 8:32:58 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The revolution IS being televised.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Yeah, a cop acting like a human being is a nice change.

It usually doesn't get covered by the news media.

3 posted on 07/31/2009 8:36:47 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: the invisib1e hand

Yikes, this story stands on it’s own, we don’t need the outburst.


4 posted on 07/31/2009 8:37:51 PM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: ansel12
And I don't need a personal critic.

My response stands on its own as well, as did that on the other thread.

5 posted on 07/31/2009 8:39:13 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The revolution IS being televised.)
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To: KJC1
It usually doesn't get covered by the news media.

Just like they don't send a news crew out when you put a buck in the Salvation Army pot.

6 posted on 07/31/2009 8:40:21 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The revolution IS being televised.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I’m sure this same cop was involved in all the incidents you recited. This instance of charity must have been a fluke and He’ll get back to killin’ and maiming ASAP.


7 posted on 07/31/2009 8:42:42 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Obama--POtuS.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Relax, no one is out to get you.


8 posted on 07/31/2009 8:48:49 PM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: LuxMaker

OK, I guess...If I own the store, I still press charges...

I suppose I’m just a mean guy...has this person heard of food stamps? If she earns too much for them, then she needs to stop wasting $ on other ****...


9 posted on 07/31/2009 8:58:38 PM PDT by Reagan80 ("Government is not the solution to our problem, Government IS the problem." -RR; 1980 Inaugural)
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To: LuxMaker
Good to see a good cop story once in awhile.

I fail to see why this is a good cop story. Looks to me like aiding and abetting.

10 posted on 07/31/2009 9:22:37 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

The woman said her husband was being deported, and now suddenly caring for her children alone, she didn’t have the means to afford the items

I am with you. And maybe she should be sticking by her husbands side.


11 posted on 07/31/2009 9:32:55 PM PDT by GILTN1stborn
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To: GILTN1stborn

>> By RAY REYES
>> she did it for her children. “Those kids were without food.”
>> The woman said her husband was being deported ...

Agenda alert! Agenda alert!


12 posted on 07/31/2009 9:39:41 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: ansel12
The woman said her husband was being deported

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGG

13 posted on 07/31/2009 9:47:57 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: LuxMaker
Sallimo said he hopes the woman's fortunes will turn. "In my opinion, our chief would've done the same thing," Sallimo said about helping the family. "I think it's something we all would do."

God bless this officer for his kindness and his chief too.

Very commendable what he did.

14 posted on 07/31/2009 9:56:32 PM PDT by rawhide
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When Sallimo and two other officers were called to the store at 4056 N. Armenia Ave. about 10 a.m. on July 21, the woman told them she had just been evicted and was living with friends.

It also appeared she took care of her daughters, who were about 1 and 3 years old, because their clothes were clean and their hair was well-groomed, Sallimo said.

Officers noticed the woman tried to take only baby products—no steaks, beer or other extravagant items—factors that Sallimo said made him want to help her.

Because of the woman's circumstances, Sweetbay did not to press charges, spokeswoman Nicole LeBeau said.

15 posted on 07/31/2009 9:57:57 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide
Because of the woman's circumstances, Sweetbay did not to press charges, spokeswoman Nicole LeBeau said.

I think Sweetbay will be glad they did not press charges. The good publicity about this story will be a benefit to them, by an increase in shoppers.

16 posted on 07/31/2009 10:01:23 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: dragnet2

I know, but sometimes people make a real connection and we just have to give them their moment and look away if we choose. This is a moment, not a policy.


17 posted on 07/31/2009 11:20:04 PM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: Reagan80
Many churches will help out in emergency situations like this. Some towns have family crisis centers, etc. I agree with you that there's really no excuse but from what I understand, during the Great Depression, thieving wasn't unusual and some folks felt outright entitled.

It's pretty scary what desperate times will lead people to do.

18 posted on 07/31/2009 11:23:47 PM PDT by TNdandelion (This should be fun.)
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To: rawhide
Very commendable what he did..

What?

This is the same guy that would crucify somebody over a seatbelt violation or fabricate a DWI story.

I have no use for cops - on or off duty.

19 posted on 08/01/2009 7:23:59 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

Who you going to call if you need help, either in an accident or you are involved in a crime? Do not paint with to broad a brush, allowing the very few bad apples to taint your opinion.


20 posted on 08/01/2009 9:06:42 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide
Who you going to call if you need help, either in an accident or you are involved in a crime? Do not paint with to broad a brush, allowing the very few bad apples to taint your opinion.

Depending upon the situation, my lawyer, my M1911A1, a tow truck or nobody.

21 posted on 08/02/2009 6:52:02 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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