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http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=9374880#&cmp=fb-kgo-article-9374880

 


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --
A San Francisco police officer says she was just doing the right thing
when she bought a pair of shoes for a barefoot homeless woman on the
street.


Officer Jackie Selinger's son, Luciano, posted a photo on
our Facebook page along with a reminder about how giving shouldn't end
after the holidays.

In bustling Union Square, homeless people
are sometimes overlooked during the holidays. But not by Officer
Selinger, who recently spotted a homeless woman sitting in front of a
Skechers shoe store.

 


"She was holding a sign, she needed shoes," Officer Selinger said. "So I
looked down at her feet and I could see she had some really flimsy
looking slippers on."

The woman told the officer that homeless shelters, which donate shoes, never have anything that fits her size 12 feet.

"I just thought about my family and the fact that we have so much," Officer Selinger said.

So this cop offered to buy the woman something she desperately needed.


"She says to me, 'You know, I'll take anything,'" Officer Selinger
said. "She felt like it was a little expensive at Skechers, so she says,
'we can walk down to the Payless store.' You could see she was a real
humble lady."

We learned about the story when Officer Selinger's
son Luciano secretly took pictures of the impromptu shopping trip at
the Skechers store and posted them on our ABC7 News Facebook page.


"She had already done it," Luciano said. "It was completely her
decision, there was no one was watching her. And, I admire my mom for
that."

Store manager Jerome Jackson says the woman chose an all-weather boot for $69. The kind gesture prompted him to help out too


"I offered my own employee discount for the officer to purchase the
shoes," Jackson said. When asked why, he said, "It's the holiday season.
You know, I did feel bad for the lady that was in front of the store."

"I didn't really get her name," Officer Selinger said. "I didn't want to embarrass her."

But the woman's reaction to the gift was all this officer needed.


"It was just in her mannerisms that I could tell she was really
grateful," Officer Selinger said. "It that was better than a thank you
in my eyes."

This humble police officer did not want the publicity.

We attempted to find the woman with the new boots somewhere in Union Square, but no luck.

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Well done, officer. Happens more than puiblically noted, from LEOs and others.

 

I hope this one turns out better than the last one (with this kindof publicity) where the fella sold the boots a couple days later to get some $.

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I remember around thanksgiving last year when an NYPD officer bought a homeless guy a pair of boots and somebody photographed the incident.

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Well done, officer. Happens more than puiblically noted, from LEOs and others.

 

I hope this one turns out better than the last one (with this kindof publicity) where the fella sold the boots a couple days later to get some $.

Even so, it could not diminish the good deed of the Good Samaritan.

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Not really too good to give the needed . . . more than they really need. Some years ago down in Coachella I was in a shopping area parking lot and a lady come by to say "hello". I'd known her when she used to fill in at the local laundromat part time for the previous owner of the place. She was barefoot. I took her to a discount place and bought her a pair of plastic "flip flop" sandals. That was what she needed. Not something expensive . . . just "footwear". I also bought her lunch. She wasn't homeless or going hungry . . . . I knew that she lived with her mother a few blocks away. But she was very appreciative. Good to do things for people when you have the chance.


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