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An officer’s kindness resonates

Post Falls Police Officer Pat Eismann cited a woman for shoplifting at the Post Falls Wal-Mart the Friday before Easter. But the woman’s situation -- shoplifting food for her four young children, who were with her in the store -- made him want to do something for the children, he said. He bought Easter baskets for the three oldest children. (Dan Pelle/SR)
Post Falls Police Officer Pat Eismann cited a woman for shoplifting at the Post Falls Wal-Mart the Friday before Easter. But the woman’s situation -- shoplifting food for her four young children, who were with her in the store -- made him want to do something for the children, he said. He bought Easter baskets for the three oldest children. (Dan Pelle/SR)
Post Falls police Officer Pat Eismann often deals with shoplifters in the course of his job, so when a call came in from Wal-Mart on Mullan Avenue the Friday before Easter, it seemed routine. It turned out the shoplifter sitting in the store’s office was unlike any he’d encountered before. And how he handled the unusual situation has earned Eismann accolades from the community, his colleagues and on social media. “The shoplifter was a woman with four small children from probably 1 to maybe 9 years old,” Eismann said last week. “I was not happy with the children being put in that position,” he said. “I was very impassioned about it.”
 
He reprimanded the woman, and the children watched as Eismann cited their crying mother with petty theft. She accepted responsibility and “was very honest and forthright,” Eismann said. He then realized the woman had stolen food for her children, less than $20 worth. The situation moved the veteran officer/Pia Hallenberg, SR. More here.


D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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