Police Officer Buys Teen New Shoes
A small gesture of kindness, in a small town, is getting huge praise on the internet this week. It happened after Hueytown Police Officer, Cpl. Sebastian Goldman, 48, noticed something suspicious while getting the groceries for their jail inmates.It was raining, so a 19-year-old employee helped bring the officers bags to his car. As Goldman glanced down at his shoes he saw that they were being held together by duct-tape, and that couldn’t happen- not on his watch.
Goldman told AL.com, “I looked at him and said, ‘What’s up with duct tape?'”
“Is that something all the kids are doing? A fashion statement?’”
The 19-year-olds response to the Officer was that “his shoes got broken during work and he wrapped them in duct tape to get by until payday.” Goldman thought about it, casually asking what size he wore while thanking him for his help.
Goldman left the market, but the image of the boy stayed with him, until later that day he felt the urge to help. “I didn’t know if he had to walk home in the rain or what,” he told AL. “So after delivering the food he had gotten from the market, he took another trip to ‘the Shoe Department,’ in Hueytown, for a pair of 12 ½ shoes.
He took them back over to the grocery store, asking for the kid. “I said, ‘Man, here you go. I didn’t know payday was Friday or two weeks from now,”’ Goldman explained. When the kid asked “‘What do I owe you?’ I told him to just pay it forward.”
When asked about why he decided to do that for the 19-year-old, Goldman replied, “The teen’s dilemma struck a chord (with him). My granddaddy used to always say, ‘You know where you’ve been, but you don’t know where you’re going,”’ he said. “That stuck with me.”
It’s nice to think there are some officers that haven’t lost their heart for service and respect for the people in their community. Goldman say “he wasn’t trying to be a hero. He just didn’t want a kid’s feet to get wet.”
We say, a good man did a good thing and deserves some recognition for doing so.