Cop buys gas for elderly widow after seeing her ‘really struggling’ to pay with $3 in change

Nov 29, 2018

With the negative reports on police officers hitting the headlines, it is understandable that some people would have ill feelings towards them. But these reports shouldn’t represent the entire police force, and this story of a kindhearted officer in Michigan will tell you why.

On Aug. 31, an elderly woman named Dolores Marotta went to a Citgo gas station in Saint Clair Shores and gave the owner, Seth Kasyouhanan, $3 in change to pay for her gas.

Saint Clare Shores Police Officer Todd Bing, who was standing behind her, heard this and decided to help her—taking out $20 from his pocket to top up her tank.

“She was so slow-moving that I was like ‘I’m going to go pump this gas for her,’” Bing told KDVR.

“He went outside and told her to sit in the car as he would pump the gas for her,” Kazz, who witnessed the kind act, wrote on his Facebook page. “After a few minutes of getting to know one another he realized she was really struggling and didn’t have any gas or money left.”

Marotta later told Bing that after her husband died in 2015, she had been struggling to pay taxes, gas, and buy groceries. That day, she only had $3 left before her next Social Security check was scheduled to come in and needed some gas to get to her doctor.

An elderly woman came into my station today and gave me $3 in change to put on her gas pump. A police officer was…

Posted by Seth Kazz on Friday, August 31, 2018

“I was so thankful and, I just huh, you know, I said I don’t know I’ve never had anyone do that for me like that,” Marotta told WXYZ. “I saya [sic] God must have sent him there for me.”

Bing, however, felt that his action was not a big deal.

“It was just the right thing to do. Officers do this kind of thing all of the time,” he said.

To help Marotta, Kasyouhanan set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of $5,000 but the amount was quickly exceeded within a few days.

“I was going to put a jar on the counter with her story, but I thought it wouldn’t be enough,” he explained to The Detroit News.

Posted by Dolores Marotta on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

When Marotta heard of the amount raised, she was shocked but grateful.

“I appreciate everything, and I want people to know how really grateful I am for the help,” she said. “When my husband and I were younger, we would help people as much as we could. So if you see somebody or know somebody who is having a hard time, help if you are able to do it.”

Watch the video below:

She only had $3 for gas, so a cop filled up her tank

A widow only had $3 for gas, so a cop pumped an extra $20 into the tank and inspired others to help her

Posted by CNN on Thursday, September 6, 2018


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