Local cop's act of kindness goes viral
TEMECULA, Calif. (KSWB) - A Temecula police officer's act of kindness, buying a homeless woman a pair of shoes, has gone viral.
On Sunday Temecula police officer, Bruce Pierson, was called to a scene right outside the Promenade mall off Windchester Road. A homeless woman was being questioned for acting suspicious near parked cars.
She explained to officer Pierson that she was just moving from car to car to find shade. She also lifted her feet to show she was barefoot and said she had not worn a pair of shoes in two months. Pierson described her feet as calloused and covered in dirt.
That's when he decided to walk her to the Payless ShoeSource store inside the mall to buy her a pair of shoes of her choice.
In that time he learned that the homeless woman goes by "Franki" and is 18-years-old. She has been homeless since she was 12 and lost a baby last year. She is currently living on the streets with her boyfriend and two dogs.
Pierson said while "Franki" looked for a pair of shoes she liked, a shopper approached him and said she would like to buy Franki a pair of shoes as well. Another shopper, Joshuah Rounds, also approached Pierson and offered cash to help pay for the shoes. In the end Franki walked away with two pairs of shoes, some socks, a scarf and a beanie. Pierson said the 18-year-old became extremely emotional and cried during the process.
Pierson then went above and beyond by telling his wife what he was in the process of doing. His wife then bought two large bags of dog food and gathered sweaters and a blanket to give Franki as well.
Not only that, but Pierson also put Franki in touch with Project Touch, an organization aimed at ending homelessness.
Rounds snapped a couple of photos of Pierson in the shoe store and posted it on hisFacebook page where it went viral. 48 hours later it had been shared more than 100K times and has even reached viewers all the way in Turkey.
Pierson was not aware the photos were posted and was surprised the next morning to find friends and family on the east coast telling him they saw his story online.
The Temecula officer said he hopes anyone would be willing to do the right thing by helping out someone in need. Pierson also pointed out that this is nothing new to his fellow brother and sisters in law enforcement. He said during this time in the U.S. where many are angry or question law enforcement officers, what they do not see is the way many of them serve their communities each and every day on the job.
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