A Stranger Bought This Homeless Man A Burger, Then Police Kicked Them Both Out Of The Restaurant

Here at Shared, we work really hard to remind everyone that the world is a lot nicer than we think.

But some stories just make me shake my head and ask, “What is happening to us?”

Sadly, this is one of those stories.

It comes courtesy of a man named Yossi Gallo, from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Gallo was only trying to be a good Samaritan for someone down on their luck in his own community.

But he wound up recording a very upsetting encounter with local police that is going viral around the world.

Yossi Gallo and the homeless man he bought a meal for.The Sun News / Yossi Gallo – Facebook

Gallo was in downtown Myrtle Beach when he says he bumped into a homeless man across the street from a McDonald’s.

He asked the man if he was hungry, he said yes, and Gallo offered to buy him a meal inside the restaurant.

So far so good.

But when Gallo and the homeless man walked into the McDonald’s, Gallo says the cashier told the man, “You’re not getting food.”

Soon police had arrived, and they later said they were called because a homeless man was asking for money in the restaurant’s parking lot.

Gallo pulled out his phone and started recording as a police officer told the homeless man to finish his meal, leave, and never come back.

Yossi said he couldn’t believe what was happening in front of him, which is why he taped and shared the encounter on Facebook, where it has been viewed more than 60 million times.

“You guys suck,” Gallo says in the video. “He didn’t even ask me for food. I brought him in from outside. I’ll never be back here again.”

But the restaurant’s owner and local police tell a very different story.

A Florida Cop Was At A Restaurant When A Shy Boy Came Up To Him – His Day Was About To Be Made

Eddie Benitez, a Florida police officer, was sitting at a restaurant one morning, when he got a message he definitely wasn’t expecting.

From across the room, a nine-year-old boy, named Noah, saw officer Benitez, and got very nervous.

Noah told his mother that he wanted to talk to the officer but didn’t know what to say, and that he was too shy to approach him.

That’s when Noah came up with an idea. He decided that he wanted to use his birthday money to pay for the officer’s breakfast. Noah’s mom helped him tell the waitress about his plan, she then got the receipt for Noah so he could write a message to the officer.

When he was done writing the message, he ran to the officer’s table and gave it to him.

When Officer Benitez picked it up, he was shocked as to what it said.

The note said, “I want to be you when I grow up. Thank you for your service.”  

Benitez said he was instantly moved when he read the note. He then went over and sat with Noah and his mother. They talked for a few minutes before officer Benitez asked Noah to take a picture with him. Of course, Noah agreed.

This is what officer Benitez had to say about the situation.

Police Warn You Should Never Pick Up A Bottle You Find In Your Yard

As the weather starts to warm up, it’s a good time to remind ourselves about one of the country’s most popular – and dangerous – pranks.

They’ve been called Works bombs, mailbox bombs, bottle bombs, and Drano bombs, but whatever you call them, they spell danger if you get too close.

Building these nasty science projects has been a popular teenage pastime for decades, but now that there are tutorials on YouTube, they’ve become even more common.

The basic idea is that a plastic bottle is stuffed with aluminium foil and the cleaning product Drano, or similar household products.

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The combination releases gas and heat, which eventually explodes out of the bottle.

For many children, the creation is just harmless fun. But pranksters have taken to hiding the bombs on their neighbor’s property, or even throwing them at unsuspecting people.

The Eagle Tribune reported on these bombs being stuffed in mailboxes in Methuen, Massachusetts, and a 12-year-old girl from New York City was burned when she found a bottle bomb in a playground.

Even small bombs in plastic bottles can shower victims in corrosive chemicals and shrapnel if they get too close.

Police are warning the public about how to spot one of these deadly “pranks” before they get too close.

One Dad’s Quick Thinking Rescued This Missing Girl From Her Dangerous Abductor

The hectic 24-hour race to rescue a missing toddler began when her mother didn’t pick up her older siblings from school earlier this week.

A search of the mother’s home found she had been badly beaten, and her four-year-old daughter, Heidi Todd, was nowhere to be found.

It’s still unclear just what happened to Heidi’s mother, but a manhunt for the little girl began right away.

Police say an Amber Alert wasn’t issued for the little girl because there wasn’t enough information to create one, but Heidi’s neighbors searched their neighborhood with flashlights.

In the end, Heidi wouldn’t be found close to her home in Charleston, South Carolina.

Investigators examine the Todd house.Post and Courier

She was discovered alive and well less than a day later in Riverside, Alabama, thanks to some quick thinking by a passerby.

A trio of railroad workers in Riverside were on the job when they noticed a car parked too close to the train tracks.

They discovered the blue sedan with Illinois license plates had a sleeping man behind the driver’s seat, and an awake little girl in the passenger’s seat.

Worried about the girl’s safety, one of the workers, a 30-year-old father named Mark Burke, called the local fire department.

Burke later explained that as a dad himself, he couldn’t just ignore the little girl in danger. As he soon found out, Burke made the right decision.

Police Issue Warning About Scary New License Plate Scam

Do you own a car? If yes, do you have your license plate number memorized?

Most drivers know this number by heart, some can even correctly recite their registration number and their odometer’s exact reading, but not everyone can say the same.

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Now, police are encouraging motorists to memorize the digits on their vehicle’s plate because it could help them easily get out of a potentially dangerous situation.

Fishers Police Department in Indiana issued a warning in a Facebook post about a scam that every driver, whether they’re located in Indiana or not, should be aware of.

They recounted an incident that occurred recently involving two men who attempted to get a female driver to pull using an arguably clever tactic.

NYPD Officers Are Given Yearly “Get Out Of Jail Free” Cards For Friends And Family, And People Are Not Impressed

It’s safe to say that in the present day, there’s a lot of extra scrutiny being placed upon police officers. Thanks to a combination of racial tension, social change, and a history of police abuse going largely unpunished, many people are demanding that we hold our officers of the law to a much higher standard, and scrutinize them accordingly.

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While many police officers are ultimately kind and respectable public servants that just want to serve, protect, and make the world a better place, the unfortunate fact is that what tends to make the news are the officers who abuse their power, either for personal gain or to do harm.

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One subject that’s been especially controversial has been the notion of officers turning a blind eye to crimes committed by fellow officers, crimes which they would be more than happy to pull someone else over for committing. It creates an aura of favoritism that causes a lot of people to question the real motives behind why many officers take their job, and ultimately, even if it’s supposed to be harmless, it doesn’t leave a good impression.

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So it happens that the New York City Police Department is the latest group to find itself the target of online scrutiny, after sources revealed that its officers are given a yearly allotment of “get out of jail free” cards meant to be given to friends and family so they can be pardoned from certain illegal activities…

A State Trooper Was Tired Of People’s Poor Driving Habits So He Made His Own PSA

Sargent John Perrine of the Indiana State Police was tired of seeing so many drivers ignoring the rules of the road. It is his job to ensure that when people are traveling across Indiana, that they drive safely so that everyone gets to where they are going in one piece. One of Perrine’s biggest pet-peeves is when people forget (or refuse) to use their turn signals.  

It is such a simple maneuver that most drivers do it almost instinctually, even when they aren’t supposed to (like going around a large bend in the road. Come on, admit it, we have all done it). But when drivers forget to do this simple task, it can become quite dangerous for those people driving around them.

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Perrine decided it was time to take matters into his own hands, and he delivered a message that was both well received and hilarious to boot.

When She Saw Police Chasing A Suspect, This Mysterious Woman Didn’t Hesitate To Help

Generally, when there’s a potentially dangerous situation going down that involves the police, it’s recommended that people stay out of the situation as much as possible. Despite that, people have a tendency to do anything but.

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Maybe it’s because we all secretly (or not-so-secretly) want to be a superhero, or maybe it’s because we really like doing the right thing that much, but time and again we’ve seen examples of people putting themselves in incredibly dangerous situations when trouble arose. Sometimes they help apprehend a dangerous suspect, other times they try to save somebody without any thought for their own safety.

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We should repeat right now that this is NOT what you should do if you find yourself in one of these situations. When danger arises, the best step is to get yourself to safety, call 911, and try to give the proper authorities as much information as you can in order to help out.

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However, when one woman saw a suspect being chased by police officers and quickly staying ahead of them, she decided to offer up her assistance, and then disappeared into the night. Just like Batman.

Sheriff’s Deputy Goes To Give Homeless Man A Citation, Instead He Helps Him Get His Life Back On Track

Sheriff’s Deputy Swallwell was going about his business when he got word that a homeless man was panhandling on the freeway off-ramp. He went out to go give him a citation, but when he spoke the man he had a change of heart.

Michael Myers was greeted by the officer and said that he told him, “you can’t be on this freeway anymore and I’m going to write you a ticket.” But as they started to speak, Deputy Swallwell realized that a ticket wasn’t going to help anything.

“I started to get to know more about him and I realized he didn’t need a citation, he needed someone to help him,” Swalwell said. Myers was unlike other panhandlers he had met. He had no criminal record, no substance abuse issues and he had tried several times to get off the streets.

“He told me, ‘no you don’t understand. I’ve done it before. I get turned away. I’ve applied for benefits before, but I don’t have ID so I can’t get any assistance.’” Swalwell explained. It was at this point that he decided he was going to do more than just let him off with a warning, he was going to do everything he could to help him get his life back on track…

Utah Police Officer Proves He’s A Real-Life Superhero By Smashing Through Ice To Rescue A Drowning Boy

It was a Christmas morning unlike any other for Sgt. Aaron Thompson, an officer in the Washington County Police Department. Thompson likely expected to receive the odd few calls about someone stuck in a frozen ditch, or maybe a kid calling in to report that their little sister had stolen the present they wanted the most.

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However, the call he received was anything but ordinary: it was from a young boy whose friend had been chasing the family dog out near a frozen river, only to step onto some thin ice and fall into the freezing waters. Emergency responders were contacted, and Thompson, a rescue diver by training, was the first on the scene.

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Speaking to NBC News, he mentions that he made his decision about how to handle the situation right away:

“You never know exactly what you’re going to get into. I just made the decision that I was going to go get him.”

Police Find 1944 Love Letters Inside A House’s Wall

Massachusetts police have found a love letter in the walls of a remodeled home written on April 19, 1944.

The Greenfield Police Department posted the old love letter on Facebook in an attempt to find their recipient, a Miss Betty Miller who lived on 366 Chapman St. in the same city.

“We would love to be able to get this letter back to Betty or her family. Please let us know if you know how to find her,” the police department wrote.

Written by a man only known as Walter, he had no hesitation in letting his feelings for Miller be known. In the letter, Walter appeared to make amends following a dispute.

“I have always thought more of you than any other girl, and I still do,” Walter wrote. “From now on I will not go to any dance or to a movie unless you go with me, because I am not  interested in taking anybody else…”

“If there is anything which you wish to know I wish you would ask me and we will try to get it straightened out. As I have said before, you are the one one in my heart and I hope you still want to be,” Walter added.

“So will you please give us both a break and let’s have lots of fun together and have a swell time,” he concluded.

With a bit of luck, authorities finally found the answer they were searching for.

When An Officer Was Killed In The Line Of Duty, Another Gave The Man’s Family A Christmas Gift To Help With Their Loss

While there’s been no shortage of controversy surrounding police officers in recent times, there’s been just as many incidents of officers reminding us that the majority of them are men and women who just want to serve and protect the public. Some have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help out their local communities, and we’ve loved seeing their stories unfold online.

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Unfortunately, being a police officer does mean putting yourself in the line of fire at some point or another, and while many officers are able to return home after bad situations come up, not all of them do. While these fallen officers often draw a pension that provides some level of security for their loved ones, that still does very little to help out with the sheer amount of grief that their family must go through after their passing.

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Such was the case with the family of Matthew Edwards, a Taylor, Michigan officer who was shot six times while investigating a breaking and entering report. Edwards passed away from his wounds, and left behind his wife Shannon, and two children, Luke and Moriah. After hearing about their situation, Danny McWilliams, an officer from Texas, knew exactly what he had to get them for Christmas…

Cops Bust The Abominable Snowman With A Little Help From Santa In Hilarious Photos

After spending decades searching the Himalayas for signs of the abominable snowman, it turns out he was chilling in St. Helens, Oregon all along.

Police from the city arrested the yeti as part of their push to warn drivers about the dangers of drunk driving.

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The police department’s press release explains that the days between December 15th and January 1st see “some of the most dangerous driving days of the year,” as people are more preoccupied with the holidays than safe driving.

Police also warned that more drivers are heading onto the roads after using drugs like marijuana, which is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.

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To get the point across, the St. Helens Police Department recruited Santa Claus as an honorary police officer, and the jolly old elf helped them nab the snowman.

It seems that the bumble didn’t get the memo about safe driving this holiday season, and police shared some hilarious photos of his arrest.

Hero Cop Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Says He Was Fired Just 6 Months Before Getting His Pension

A police officer who was hailed as a hero less than two years ago says he’s being kicked off the force because of his PTSD.

In the aftermath of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, which was the deadliest mass shooting in American history at the time, news reports described how Officer Omar Delgado of the Eatonville Police Department dragged survivors out of the building to safety.

Delgado hugs one of the men he saved during the shooting.Today

Delgado was a nine-year veteran of the department, and one of the first officers to arrive at the scene of the shooting. He says his experiences that night gave him post-traumatic stress disorder, and in the last eight months he was forced to take light duties to cope with his condition.

Now, the police department has declared him unfit for duty, and Delgado will be officially dismissed on December 31. The timing is especially difficult for Delgado, because he was just six months away from qualifying for a pension from the city.

Delgado says he just wants to complete another six months on the police force.Newsmax

“Just let me get vested and I will be more than happy to pack up my troubles and leave,” the officer said in an interview with USA Today. “This is the thing I’ve been working toward for 10 years and to be six months shy then fired — it’s like, ‘Wow!'”

Residents of the small community of Eatonville were outraged by the decision, and survivors of the shooting spoke out in Delgado’s defense at a heated city council meeting.

Police Officer Stops Car From Flipping Over Bridge With His Bare Hands

A police officer is being called a real live ‘Superman’ by his colleges after he managed to pull off a miraculous save on a bridge. Officer Martin Willis was the first officer on the scene and his quick thinking helped save a man’s life.

Willis arrived on the scene to find a vehicle hanging off the side of the bridge with a man trapped inside. It was teetering on the edge, ready to fall over but he wasn’t about to let it happen. Instinctively he grabbed the wheel to “stop it swaying in the wind”, and waited for help to arrive.

It took some time for the others to arrive, but he didn’t give up. His fellow officers applauded him, and have given him a new nickname, but his reaction is so humble…

Cop Makes Final Call On His Radio And Then He Hears His Son’s Voice Respond Back

People who end up working their entire lives in the same job end up putting their blood, sweat and tears into whatever they spend multiple decades doing. This is all the more true for first-responders: police officers, firefighters, military personnel, and paramedics. They literally give their blood, sweat and tears.

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One such police officer recently called it a career after 28 years on the force. Salem City Police Sgt. Douglas Hogate Sr. spent nearly three decades protecting and serving the citizens of Salem City, New Jersey.  

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When he finished his last shift and called in his final Code 3 and waited for the response from dispatch, the voice he heard come over his radio’s speakers left the career officer a little teary eyed.

Pope Gave An Impassioned Plea To Cops Everywhere

No matter where in the world you go, you’re going to encounter drivers who don’t feel like the law applies to them. Whether it’s people going WAY above the speed limit, tailgating you to the point that you can’t brake safely, running lights and signs that are blatantly obvious, or at worst driving under the influence. sometimes getting out onto the road can feel like a war zone.

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If you’ve ever been to Italy, you’ve probably experienced just how insane the driving can be in the major cities there. Personally, while on a tour of Rome, I lost count of how many times tiny Smart Cars would cut in front of our tour bus and force the driver to brake very hard, leading to some pretty tense and frustrating moments for everybody. Not only that, but the narrow streets in the older parts of each city tends to lead to people driving on the wrong side of the road just to save a minute of driving!

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It’s a sentiment apparently shared by many people living in Italy, including the local police, and even Pope Francis himself! However, in a very Pope-ly fashion, His Holiness has urged law enforcement to be merciful towards the drivers they pull over…

Police Will Soon Be Able To Automatically Know When You Text And Drive

In 2015, 3,477 lives were lost and 391,000 Americans suffered injuries due to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unfortunately, the numbers have not gone down since.

Right now, there are still approximately 660,000 drivers who continue to break the law by using electronic devices, especially cell phones, while driving.

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For those who have been talking, texting or browsing the web on their phones while driving, there’s new information coming from lawmakers that you’ll want to know.

In some of the states where distracted driving is prohibited, like Maryland, police may soon be given the green light to use a device that will help them instantly determine whether a driver is using a cellphone while their vehicle is moving.

So how does the device work?

Cops Have A Brilliant Idea To Help Out Shelter Dogs

La Vista Police Department in Nebraska decided they wanted to help out more than they already do. The department knew there were many animal shelters in the area who were over-crowded and having trouble getting their animals adopted.

Captain Bryan D. Waugh had heard about a program in Wisconsin, called K-9 For A Day, where shelters and police departments pair up to help each other out, and he knew it was something La Vista could get involved with, as well.

“Any agency looking for a great community policing opportunity would benefit from the program, while strengthening the relationship with their partners at local animal shelters or rescues,” Waugh says.

“We love this partnership,” Pam Wiese, a spokesperson for the Nebraska Humane Society, says. “The dogs are more relaxed, and they are able to showcase their personalities as they interact in a more normal, natural way.”

La Vista Police Department teamed up with the Nebraska Humane Society to get the project started. The shelter knew exactly who they wanted to send on the first run: Mickey.

Mickey is a six-year-old dog who had spent four months at the Humane Society and just needed someone to notice him.

“Oftentimes animals that are out of this environment have a better chance of getting adopted– if people see them in a normal environment rather than here,” Wiese says.

“It was obvious our first dog Mickey had a great day,” Waugh says.

Of course, there was a goal at the end of the day: to get Mickey adopted.

Man Finds The Car He Reported Stolen 20 Years Earlier, And It Was Right Where He Left It

Finding your car in a crowded parking lot can be a nightmare, especially before the days of keys that automatically unlock your car for you (y’know, so you can use it for its real purpose, which is using the noise to figure out where on Earth your car is).

It’s almost as bad as trying to find a spot.Imgur

We’ve all had one of those times where we’re positive that we’re right near where we parked, but for the life of us it just doesn’t seem to be there anymore. The worst part is when your brain starts to wonder about what could’ve happened, and then you start to worry about if your precious vehicle was stolen, and now you’re stranded and going to have to call the police. Of course, we always find the car; it’s just not usually anywhere NEAR where we thought it was.

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However, in the case of one elderly German man from Frankfurt, not only did he not find his car, but he reported it stolen to the authorities, only for him to just stumble across where he left it 20 YEARS later!