It was a rough time for the police when Barack Obama was president. The former president had such an anti-police tone that drifted into the population and it was like the people who worked hard every day stopping criminals in their tracks, keeping citizens safe, and dealing with people whose attitudes towards police were so bad that police were getting shot at. It was a tumultuous time for police officers and all the wanted to do was get done work and go home to their family. It seemed like police officers couldn’t catch a break while Barack was sitting in the White House or going on one of his lavish trips that police officers can’t even afford, even though they risk their lives on a daily basis.
It was bad, and it’s starting to get a little bit better, but there was one moment that really stood out for a police officer during those rough times. The officer in question had passed a little girl’s lemonade stand and she was running up to the cop car. Unsure of what to do, the cop surely pulled over. He didn’t know if she was running up to his car to tell him about a crime, someone hurting her, or to throw a cup of lemonade in his face because her parents were Obama supporters and told her to do it. Luckily this was not one of those times and the girl was safe, but this moment seems to have lasted forever after what transpired all thanks to a little lemonade stand and a bit of kindness going a long way.
The officer bought a glass of lemonade, but his kindness went much further than anyone expected. After chatting with the girl and asking her how she plans to spend her money (get her hair did, maybe a pedicure too), the girl responds that she would like to buy an iPad one day. She could use it to play games or do fun things. The officer remembered that when he went home. He found his old iPad, but it didn’t work that well anymore. He went to the store and talked about the situation with someone, managed to get a good deal, and there he goes back to the lemonade stand to give the girl her new gift.
She had no idea this would happen over such a little act of kindness such as sharing a cup of lemonade with an officer. Maybe he was just thankful to be treated nicely for once. Afterall, the cops deal with the worst attitudes in the country, so it must have been more refreshing than that lemonade to have someone speak to the officer so nicely.
This was such a big deal that ABC news picked it up and many other outlets did too.
“On Monday, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Ropos stopped by the young girl’s lemonade stand while on patrol in Painesville, Ohio, about 30 miles northeast of Cleveland.
“I see a little girl come running up to my police car,” Ropos, 22, told ABC News today. “She hands me a glass, I hand her a few bucks. I asked her what she wanted to do with the money … she said she’d get an iPad, to help with school and play games.”
Ropos said he told the girl’s mother he had an old iPad at home he could bring them the next day.
“I went home that night, fired up the iPad, but it just wasn’t updated anymore … nothing really worked on it,” Ropos explained.
The next day, Ropos found a store that agreed to contribute to the cost of a tablet with him. Later Tuesday, Ropos met up with Gabrielle and her mother.
“I talked to the little girl, gave her a speech about how courageous and admirable I think her efforts were to save up her money,” Ropos said. “I asked her how much she saved up, and she said she only had a few dollars.”
Gabrielle explained to Ropos that her mother’s car ran out of gas, so the child gave up her hard-earned money to fill the tank.
“When she told me she gave the money to her mom … that’s when I almost started crying because of how great of a kid she really was,” Ropos said.
Ropos handed over the tablet in a sweet moment captured on camera by a co-worker.
“She just wouldn’t stop hugging me,” Ropos said.
“Seeing her face is how I remember Christmas when I was 5 years old. She couldn’t stop smiling,” Ropos said. “Her smile was worth a million dollars.”
Ropos said he’s worked at the sheriff’s office for eight months. His boss, Lake County Sheriff Dan Dunlap, told ABC News today, “He’s always liked to do stuff for people, and now it’s part of his job.”
“He’s a really good guy,” Dunlap added of Ropos. “He’s done such a good job here.”
It’s amazing what a little bit of kindness can do. Not every glass of lemonade will turn into an iPad, but at least there are some people who are fortunate enough to pay their kindness forward. Send your kindness to someone by sharing this story with them.