Shop(lift) With a Cop?

Shop(lift) With A Cop?

By Ken K. Gourdin

In order to build positive police-community relations – particularly with a community’s youngest (and often its most vulnerable) residents – communities nationwide participate in the “Shop With A Cop” program. The program provides underprivileged children with a modest amount of money and pairs them with members of the local law enforcement community, who take them shopping and afford them the opportunity to buy gifts for friends and family.

From time to time, I have been known to post to the Blog commentary regarding stories about people who engage in criminality but who – how do I put this delicately? – are somewhat intelligence-challenged (at least momentarily)? will never be candidates for Mensa? At any rate, if you’ve followed the Blog since the beginning of the month, however, you’ve noticed that I’ve deviated from my usually highly opinion-driven, perhaps controversial posting style to focus more on topics that are more in keeping with the Spirit of the Season.

The below-linked story from Reuters, however, is too good to pass up – even this time of year, and notwithstanding my pledge to post in the Spirit of the Season. It seems that a Kentucky woman apparently concluded that her local “Shop With A Cop” event – in which her son participated, at a store whose parking lot likely was filled with marked police cruisers and whose premises likely were teeming with uniformed, well-equipped law enforcement personnel – was the perfect opportunity to attempt to secure what Sheriff John Bunnell, in his “World’s Wildest Police” television specials, liked to call (although I’m sure he didn’t coin the term) a “five-fingered discount.”

See here, last accessed December 22, 2014:

She sure put those officers in a tough spot. I mean, there they were, trying their best to ensure that young people like her son maintained a positive image of law enforcement, yet at least one of those officers likely was faced with the prospect of taking his mother to jail. Or perhaps the officer, in the spirit of the season, issued her a misdemeanor citation (though there’s no word on whether the value of the attempted theft made it a misdemeanor or a felony) or otherwise released her on her own recognizance.

Here’s hoping that son has a Merry Christmas, notwithstanding his mom’s foolishness – and that his mom wises up.

Update, December 23, 2014: To be fair, Kentucky women, however, are not the only ones who are seized upon by an unaccountable urge to shoplift at, shall we say, inopportune times – such as when the store at which the petty theft is attempted couldn’t possibly be better policed. See here, last accessed today:

About kenngo1969

Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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