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Victorian Police Officers Seen Buying Homeless Man Food During Freezing Night

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Victorian Police Officers Seen Buying Homeless Man Food During Freezing Night

Two on-duty Victoria Police officers have been praised for buying a homeless man food on a freezing night in Melbourne.

The whole state is in lockdown due to the latest outbreak of the coronavirus and police have warned they will fine anyone caught breaking the rules.

But these two cops have shown some mercy and went that extra mile to help someone who was sleeping rough.

Blogger Adele Barbaro posted a video of the officers gifting the bloke outside a Woolworths supermarket.

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Credit: Adele Barbaro/Facebook
Credit: Adele Barbaro/Facebook

She wrote: "It is cold tonight, I was rugged up as I walked through the car park of my local Woolies.

"A few steps ahead of me were 2 police officers heading straight for a homeless man sitting at the entry. He had a handwritten sign requesting spare change so he could get some food.

"It's not unusual to see someone less fortunate at the entry, it happens all the time, some times I throw in some spare change, but most times I'm guilty of walking past.

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"As the officers approached him, instead of saying 'time to move on' or 'you know you can't be here', one of them said 'What brings you out in the cold tonight mate?'

"I heard him talk about being hungry and the iPads came out as they took details, and as I made my way through the automatic doors I could hear the officers say 'We just wanna make sure your OK mate?'"

Adele explained how she continued shopping and didn't think of the interaction again.

Credit: Adele Barbaro/Facebook
Credit: Adele Barbaro/Facebook
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Credit: Adele Barbaro/Facebook
Credit: Adele Barbaro/Facebook

She noticed the officers picking up a cooked chicken and some bread rolls and thought they were getting a mid-shift dinner.

But then she heard then talking about whether the homeless man would need some milk.

"That is when it hit me," she continued. "They were not shopping for themselves. We ended up at the checkout at the same time, they had split up and seem to do half the groceries each and both pulling out wallets/purses to pay half each.

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"These 2 weren't rookies, they clearly knew the difference between a scammer and someone who was genuinely hungry.

"As they went outside I overhead them check again that he had somewhere to stay tonight and then they handed him the bag of food with respect, compassion and kindness."

The post went viral and has been liked by more than 33,000 people and shared 5,000 times.

It's already attracted the attention of Victoria Police, who have urged everyone to take a leaf out of the officer's book.

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"For Melbournians, this lockdown is not our first rodeo and we know people are doing it tough," the force wrote. "Follow in the footsteps of First Constable Jones and Constable Jacobson. Be Kind.

Featured Image Credit: Adele Barbaro/Facebook

Topics: Australia

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