The kind-hearted gesture wouldn't have been publicised if it wasn't witnessed by a documentary filmmaker also shopping at Whole Foods.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on July 5, 2019

It’s not often you read this type of story and it’s only thanks to an observer with media experience that you are.

Paul Bozymowski, a documentary filmmaker, had gone to Union Square’s Whole Foods in New York City when something caught his eye.

“This woman was being held by security,” Bozymowski tweeted. “She had food in her bag she didn’t pay for.”

He then witnessed something that reaffirms one’s faith in life.

“When the NYPD showed up, they paid for her food.”

The female thief, perhaps expecting something worse, burst into tears at the cops’ kind-hearted act. Bozymowski told the New York Post that one of the NYPD police officers looked into the woman’s bag.

“And (the cop) said: ‘I’ll buy your food.’ Just really simply and plainly,” Bozymowski said.

The New York Police Department officers then accompanied the woman to the check-out counter and paid for the food the woman had attempted to steal.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Bozymowski said. “I’ve lived in New York 25 years. It was just a really moving moment.”

The NYPD confirmed the incident and retweeted Bozymowski’s post.

“Thank you NYPD,” one person commented on the tweet. “Sometimes the right thing is the compassionate move.”

NYPD Chief Terence Monahan also praised the work of his officers.

A New York reporter who spoke with Bozymowski said on social media: “Paul Bozymowski tells me he actually thought maybe he shouldn’t send the tweet because the @NYPDnews officers were not looking for recognition, but it was such a moving moment not to share. And these men are certainly getting praise.”

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