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Officer performs act of kindness after seeing dad have his card declined at register
A Walmart employee told the father, "I am sorry," after his card was declined. But before he could walk out with his kids, a cop approached.
Patricia Lynn
10.21.21

It can feel like the news is flooded with negativity. However, there are a lot of heartwarming stories too that restore your faith in humanity – just like the one below.

One day, Cleveland, Tennessee, police officer Michael Kelly was working security at the local Walmart.

While Officer Kelly was on duty, he noticed a father and four kids going through the self-checkout lane.

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Flickr - Mike Mozart

Kelly had often seen the family shopping, having taken note because the kids were so well-behaved. When the father tried to pay, however, his card was declined.

He told Inside Edition: “They went to self-checkout, and he went to put his card in. The attendant says, ‘I am sorry’ [and] they start walking out.”

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YouTube - WDEF News 12

At that moment, something compelled the officer to help.

After the father couldn’t buy his groceries, the officer wondered if he and the kids would have enough to eat. He couldn’t just sit by while they left empty-handed, so he decided to pay for their items himself.

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Pixabay - Prasanta Sahoo

“The little girl’s face got me. Her eyes were welling up and it broke my heart. I felt God telling me, ‘I put you up here for a reason.'”

“I walked up to [the man] and said, “Please let me bless you today.”

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YouTube - WDEF News 12

Bystander Jermaine Bowe witnessed Kelly paying for the items, later sharing the details in a Facebook post.

He asked people to help identify the kind-hearted officer, and when the department caught wind of the story, they immediately stepped in to help. Sharing the story to their Facebook page, they wrote:

“Scrolling through random Facebook posts and then see this one that makes us ALL proud to be Cleveland police officers.”

“After a ‘he’s 6’5 and buff’ description, we narrowed it down to our tallest officer and deducted it was School Resource Officer Mike Kelly.”

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Facebook - Cleveland Police Department

Since writing the post, Kelly’s kind-hearted deed has gone viral.

But in the comments, members of the community weren’t surprised by his actions:

“I am not surprised, Mike being Mike exactly.”

“Mike has always had a big heart, what a great guy!”

“Not a bit surprised. He comes from a long line of good people.”

In their post, the department added: “It is guaranteed that Kelly wouldn’t want the credit from this, but it’s these random acts of kindness that inspire US ALL to be kind to others.”

A similar event occurred in Texas.

A man in his 50s or 60s had stopped to buy food and medication before having a diabetic episode in the parking lot. After collapsing and losing consciousness, he awoke to find his food and meds had been stolen.

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Flickr - David Schott

After approaching the store’s security guard and officer on patrol, the man couldn’t believe it when Officer Koryciak offered to repurchase his medication, essential items, and $25 worth of vegetables and other food. She later said diabetes runs in her family, so she connected with the man.

She told reporters: “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

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Flickr - Random Retail

We might not be able to change everything in the world today – but we can do our best to spread kindness to others. These cops have shown that even small good deeds can have a big impact.

Check out the video below to see an interview with the big-hearted officer, Mike Kelly!

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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