Police in Gainesville, Florida, garnered praise across the internet for replacing a elderly disabled man’s groceries after they were stolen. The Gainesville Police Department shared the story on Facebook, explaining that an officer referred to only as “Franklin” was called in reference to a theft.
Saleem Hasan, 74 years old, got off a bus and put his grocery bags on the ground. An unknown female walked past him and stole his groceries. Mr. Hasan has difficulty with mobility. The $85 of groceries was due to last him the whole month. Officer Franklin took it upon himself to go to the Publix where he purchased the groceries and see if they could help with the replacement.
They did and with the receipt officer Franklin purchased all the same items and took them to Mr. Hasan. He was very appreciative. These are the efforts that our officers are doing on a regular basis that show the citizens how much we care.
The post quickly went viral, with many readers applauding Officer Franklin for helping Hasan get what he needed after his groceries were taken from him.
“And this people is a real hero helping because it’s the right thing to do , i pray some of you can change your minds about the police, non of you neighbors have helped this old man bless his heart,” one reader commented on Facebook.
“Thank you officer. It may have only been $85 for what was taken, but it was all the food he would have had for the month! He would have gone hungry! I cannot see how someone can be so low to steal, especially from the elderly!!” another added.
Local readers thanked Franklin for his generosity on the police department’s Facebook page, with some even sharing their own stories of interactions with him.
“I always liked bumping into Officer Franklin when he came to the plaza where I worked. He is always pleasant and very respectful. My coworker and I usually had a conversation with him. Keep up the good work Officer!” another reader commented.
“I’m a former bus driver for RTS. My phone was stolen off of the bench at the station. Officer Franklin called me numerous of times to see if I had found it, or was it returned. Great officer if I may say so myself!!” another added.
“Proud to live in Gainesvile and count with a great Police Department!!! Great story and my respects to Officer Franklin, Awesome work that goes beyond the calls of duty. God Bless you and keep up the awesome work!!!” another reader wrote.