The incident, which reportedly happened a day before Valentine's Day, involved officer James Wilson.
A police officer in Orlando is being praised for coming up with a humane solution to a problem. Just a day before Valentine's Day, Officer James Wilson responded to a complaint about a woman selling bouquets of flowers on the side of a road. On arriving at the scene, the cop did something really unexpected. Instead of writing a citation in his ticket book, Wilson took out his wallet and paid for all the flowers the woman had to sell, reports WFTV. He did this so the woman could close shop for the day and go home without incurring a loss.
This kind act of the police officer ended up winning many hearts after a passerby happened to film the interaction before sharing it on TikTok. The user who posted this clip included tags like #humanizingthebadge and #bekind and they were quite apt for the scene. According to KIRO7, the video has been liked over 35,000 times since being shared on the site. In the video, Wilson could be heard saying, "Here you go," as he hands the cash to the flower seller. "So, what you have to do is you have to help me take them over to my car, though," Wilson is heard saying in the video.
THANK YOU, OFFICER! Officer James Wilson responded after a complaint was made about a woman selling flowers the day before Valentine's Day. The officer ended up buying all of her flowers so she could go home early. https://t.co/JCgHFK2bhZ— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) February 19, 2021
The Fraternal Order of Police Orlando Lodge #25, Inc. applauded the officer and shared the TikTok video on their Facebook page. When Orlando Police Officer James Wilson responded to a complaint involving a street vendor selling flowers the day before Valentine’s Day, he knew exactly how to handle it.......he bought all of the flowers from her! Problem solved. Great job! read the post. User Bill Carroll responded with a comment on the post which read: That was very kind of Officer Wilson. What a positive statement on helping others.
There are many people who would like to do something nice for Officer Wilson! Is there any way someone can have him get ahold of me? This is my video, shared Jackie Irby. This is not the first time that we have seen cops going above and beyond their call of duty to help others. Previously, three cops from the Albany Police Department spent their day shoveling off snow from the property of an elderly woman unable to do it herself. Apparently, the 99-year-old woman lived alone in her house and had called the Albany Police Center Station seeking help to have her driveway cleared as it was covered under a thick blanket of snow.
That day, New York’s capital city was blanketed with 12-18 inches of snow. When the police department received the call, Officers William Pierce, Christopher Stiles, and John Schueler rushed to the elderly woman's house to assist her. Between the three of them, they cleared out more than a foot of snow from her sidewalk and driveway. It was Sergeant Norah Harrington who took pictures of the officers wielding shovels and using snowblowers to make their way towards the woman's house.
Sharing the pictures on Facebook, the department wrote: When Duty Calls. This morning, the #Albany Police Center Station received a phone call from a 99-year-old resident who lives alone and asked for our assistance with clearing snow from her driveway. Without hesitation, Police Officers William Pierce, Christopher Stiles, and John Schueler all drove to the woman’s home to assist her and worked together to clear more than a foot of snow from her sidewalk and driveway.