When an Illinois police officer stopped a woman who had expired tags and learned what her living situation was, he knew what he had to do.
Officer Jonathan Mcleod pulled over a car for expired tags and knew when he approached the vehicle that something was different.
“I could tell they had either been living in the vehicle, or they go from place to place in the vehicle,” Mcleod told KTVU.
The routine traffic stop took place in a McDonald’s parking lot in Hayward.
“She gave me her license and she told me, ‘Hey my license is suspended right now. This is all I have, me and my children. We go from shelter to shelter,’” Mcleod recalled.
Rather than ticketing the mother or having her car towed, the officer asked the mother a simple question.
“I asked if the kids had eaten or anything, and she said no,” the officer said. “That’s when I said, ‘Hey we’re already here, let’s go inside and get you something to eat.’”