Mom Pays For Homeless Man’s Groceries, Then Spots Him In Uniform The Next Day


Dragged Back To The Store

The woman didn’t have a clue what was going on. She had offered to pay for a homeless man’s groceries. But it seemed that she had done something wrong. She had never been arrested before.

She didn’t know that her good deed would end in such a cruel twist of fate. She had never expected a badge to be flashed and walked out to a police car.

Ma’am, Come With Me


The cop had stopped her while she was innocently shopping at the grocery store she had shopped at every week of her life. She had no idea what she could have done.

The old woman had been there just the day before. She was ready for conflict as soon as the officer said, “Ma’am, you need to come with me.”

What could she have done wrong? But she couldn’t have guessed she’d see the same man again. This time, he looked different.

Just A Day Before


She recounted what happened the previous day. A homeless man was waiting in line with a carton of milk and bread, but when he got to the counter, there was trouble.

He checked his pants pockets, but they were practically empty. He put a few dimes down on the counter, but the clerk shook his head. Martha thought she was doing the right thing by stepping in.



She had only been helping out a homeless man in need. She didn’t even ask him to pay her back.

She happily stepped in and paid for his essentials. She thought that karma would reward her, but she didn’t know it would come back to bite her in the most ironic way possible.

More Than Meets The Eye


Martha snapped back to the present, where she was staring that same homeless man down once again. But this time, the way he was dressed told her there was more to him than she initially thought.

But even in this situation, she still had no idea why she was being brought to a cop car in the parking lot. But the truth would be too much for the old woman to handle.



Martha wasn’t always a sixty-two-year-old woman struggling to make it to her next paycheck. Before she retired, she was a teacher that loved her job. But life wasn’t always so easy.

She was in a special situation where she was still looking after her son, Patrick, even though he was a twenty-two years old adult.

Her Special Boy


Patrick was and will still always be Martha’s special boy, even when he was diagnosed with autism at the age of twelve. It was a late catch, but she was glad they did it at all.

His case was so severe that he would never be able to cope as a fully functioning adult. She accepted the fact that she would have to look after him as a mother for his entire life.

A Single Mom


It was difficult being a single mother at the age of sixty-two that still had to look after her son as a dependent. But she was a strong-willed woman that had endured a lot of hardships.

She lost her husband to a drunk driver just a year after Patrick was born. She grieved for him, but she had to soldier on for her son. But her pension didn’t exactly leave her with a fortune.

Struggling To Make Ends Meet


Even though every month was a financial compromise in some way or another, Martha was just glad she still had her son by her side, even if he could only offer emotional aid.

Martha would have to be very frugal and look for any specials her local grocery store had. This meant she’d check in once a week or sometimes even more. But even in her situation, she still had a big heart.

Big Heart


If anyone asked Martha’s friends, they’d tell them that she had the biggest heart in the world. She was the first to offer assistance to anyone that knew her closely.

No one else would have managed to survive in her situation, and she even thrived sometimes, offering help to others. Her friends even affectionately called her “Mother Martha.”

Sweet To The Bone


Despite Martha’s own misfortune, she would lend a helping hand without any hesitation. She was a sweet lady to the bone and would never give up her ideals for any reason.

Although Martha didn’t know it yet, one day, she would lend charity without hesitation. But she never knew that it would come back to bite her when a man flashed a police badge.

The Grocery Store


After receiving her money from her pension, she would go to her local grocery store to pick up things that she desperately needed. She would check out the fresh fruit and the dairy aisle to find anything on clearance for her and her son.

After finding any good deals on items, she would then pick out the essentials like bread and meat before heading to the counter and checking out. But today, she’d be tested.

Homeless Man


On this particular day of shopping, Martha spotted a homeless man just trying to make it as well. Her heart went out to him; she knew how hard it was to make it sometimes.

He was standing in front of her at the counter with a carton of milk and a loaf of bread in his arms. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to keep him sustained for a few days. But what happened next broke Martha’s heart.

Nothing To Pay With


She could see that the man was having some kind of trouble. He started digging furiously in his pockets, and after emptying them, she saw a huge hole in the stitching – this wasn’t good.

The man started trembling and checked his coat pocket before putting down a few dimes on the counter. The clerk stared at him before shaking his head with an insensitive look in his eyes. Martha knew she had to step in.

Mother Martha


“Hello, sir. Would you like me to help you? I’d be happy to pay for them,” she said in a polite voice. “Thank you so much!” he said, his posture immediately relaxing.

“I can’t pay you back, you know,” he added with a look of uncertainty in his eyes. But the old mother waved her debit card over the card read before saying, “Consider it a gift from Mother Martha,” with a smile.

Another Good Deed


The man had a smile on his face as he walked out of the grocery store with his food in his bag. Martha was touched to see another good deed make someone smile.

She could afford an extra loaf of bread and milk when he needed it so much more than him. But there were facts that the poor old woman wasn’t aware of, and the man wasn’t who he said he was.

Getting Home


Martha headed home, having paid for her groceries as well. She was excited to show her son the latest deal she had found hiding in the aisle.

The store had mislabeled a can of beef to a much lower price. Store policy meant that they had to give it to her at that price. But when she opened her grocery bags on the kitchen counter, she noticed something wasn’t right.

Something She Couldn’t Ignore


Martha noticed that the milk and bread that she had paid for was in her shopping bag. That meant the homeless man didn’t get it. Did the clerk have something to do with it?

The confused mother wondered what was going on. All of her items were there as well, so what had the man carried out? Had she just been part of something bigger than she intended?

Ridden With Guilt


The next morning, Martha decided that she couldn’t sit with the guilt. She thought that the homeless man was going hungry.

She decided that the only thing she could do was go back to the store. There she would look for the answers she desperately needed in order to be guilt free again.

Going Back


She just hoped that, against all odds, he would be there again. She was also curious about what had happened and how she got his groceries. Surely he wasn’t carrying an empty bag?

If she had his groceries, whose did he have? But the old woman didn’t know that she was being taken for granted and part of something much bigger than her.

Getting Back To The Spot


Martha drove back to the store and started searching the parking lot and the aisles for the man from the day before. She didn’t see him, but something else caught her eye – another great deal.

She decided not to waste the gas in her car and started shopping. But the elderly woman had no idea that someone was looking for her as well. Was she in some kind of trouble?

Taking It In


As soon as Martha saw that first deal, she was drawn in. She had come all this way already, so she might as well take advantage of the daily deals that popped up.

She thought the homeless man could wait, but she had no idea that he was waiting nearby, waiting for the right moment to pounce on her.

Quite A Few Deals


As Martha strolled through the aisles, she realized that there were quite a few deals. And many of them were better than the deals they had the day before.

She looked around, surely this was some kind of mistake? But the older woman had no idea that the specials were specially put there to draw her into a trap by the person she trusted the day before.

Couldn’t Pass Them Up


She wasn’t planning on spending any more money. But there were certain things that she simply couldn’t pass up. She would normally have been suspicious, but who had her guard down.

A quick visit quickly became an extended stay, allowing the person who was watching her to take full advantage of the situation.

Didn’t Know What She’d Find


As Martha kept filling up her basket, she had no idea what she was going to stumble upon. She was about to find the biggest piece of the trap.

She saw a box of cereal for an insanely cheap price. She couldn’t help herself and took it off the shelf. But that’s when she saw something hidden behind it. The trap was sprung.

Filling Her Basket


Martha was quickly filling up the basket that she had taken when she came in. But it was only when she was done that she realized that she was actually in trouble.

She saw a slip of paper behind the cereal but she didn’t pay it much attention. But a gut feeling told her to take a closer look. She picked it up and started to read.

What Did It Say?


The note was a warning. But the old woman only got more confused as she read more and more of what was written on the paper. Was it some kind of threat?

What would the older woman find while she was waiting to pay? And how would the man’s presence affect her situation? Would she be able to explain herself?

Called By Name


The note called Martha by her name. It was definitely meant for her, but she couldn’t quite decipher what it meant. She nervously looked around, but she didn’t see anyone around.

The old woman had had enough of people taking advantage of her. She had a good heart, but she didn’t think she’d ever be in a position like this.

The Note


The note read, “Martha, this message is for you. I knew you’d go straight to the specials, so I hid this message here. I need to be vague in case someone else finds this.”

“When a man approaches you, you need to go with him. Trust me.” The note finished off. Martha was confused and scared. Who was coming for her?

Putting It Away


Martha felt too old to deal with such stressful situations. She decided to put the note in her bag so no one else would find it and incriminate her. She didn’t want to look at any more specials now.

All she wanted to do was to go home. She decided to go straight to the checkout and leave. She’d never find the homeless man at this point.

Heading For The Counter


After going through all the aisles Martha and taking advantage of all the specials, Martha headed to the checkout counter. She was fourth in line, but that wasn’t what bothered her.

The contents of the note rang out in her head. She couldn’t wait to be home, but she had no idea that she was still being watched, and they were closer than she thought.

A Bad Feeling


As Martha stood in the line, she watched as the cashier slowly scanned the items in front of her. It was as if he was being blatantly slow. She needed to get out soon or she’d have a meltdown.

But she was unaware that the man mentioned in the note had locked on to her. He would be breathing down her neck in just a moment.

A Man Behind Her


There was a man behind her, and he seemed to have a lot of interest in the older woman and the contents of her basket. What was he looking for?

That’s when it suddenly hit her. Was he the man from the note? She felt every fiber of her being freeze up. Was today the day that she paid for a crime that she never commited?

A Missed Opportunity


At first, Martha wasn’t paying any attention to him. She was focused on the reason she had gone there, to begin with, and the opportunity she had missed.

She thought that if she believed he wasn’t from the note, then everything would be okay. It was her only way to cope with the situation she found herself in.

Abundantly Clear


But the man was making his presence abundantly clear, and she could no longer ignore him. Who was he? And why was he so interested in Martha?

She was about to find out the hard way that she shouldn’t have stuck her nose in other people’s business. Everything circled back to the homeless man the previous day, even if she didn’t know it.

Facing Her Fears


After what felt like an eternity, it was finally her turn to check out. But things weren’t going to be so easy. Martha had only put a few of her items on the counter when she felt a presence over her.

There was a man standing behind her, but she had no idea who it was. Finally, she mustered up the courage to face her fears.

Turning Around


She slowly turned around, hoping it was just another shopper waiting for her to move away from the vegetables. But she gulped as she saw a man in blue.

It was no ordinary man. In fact, she normally felt safe around people in uniform. This time however, she could tell that it was different. He had his eyes fixed on her the entire time.



Martha’s gaze met that of the officer, and he gave her a firm nod. But that was nowhere near the end of their encounter. Martha thought she was in the clear, but she was wrong.

The man in uniform was actually only there to find her. He had an assignment with her name on it. But what could the old woman have done to get the attention of the police?

Something To Say


The officer was still watching her and clearly had something to say even if Martha hadn’t noticed, and he wouldn’t let her leave until he was done. Martha was in trouble.

When Martha turned to unload the rest of her things, the officer grabbed her arm and turned her back around. Martha let out a scream, but it was silent. The old woman was terrified.

Looking For Her


“Mother Martha,” the officer said with a cunning smile. “We have spent quite some time looking for you.” Martha frowned at his words.

The only people that knew her nickname were her friends. Then she realized who else she had told just yesterday – the homeless man. What had he done? And why on earth would the police be looking for her?

What Did She Do?


Martha thought about everything she had done during the last week. But she couldn’t come up with a logical reason for this intrusion.

She didn’t do anything wrong. Or did she? She thought about how the homeless man hadn’t left with the items she bought for him. Did it have something to do with that?

Was She In Trouble?


The only thing that could come to Martha’s mind was the incident that took place the day before. She had only meant to do a charitibale act, not cause any pain or sadness.

But she didn’t mean to take some of the things she had bought for the homeless man. It was a simple misunderstanding that she wasn’t even involved in.

Had He Inciminated Her?


Was that what this was about? Did the homeless man file a complaint against her? Or was there something more sinister going on around here?

She couldn’t imagine the police coming to get her over an honest mistake. Maybe the homeless man was up to something worse at the store and he inciminated her as being involved. Martha wanted to cry.

She Hadn’t Done Anything


Martha couldn’t believe that the man would do such a thing. She did try to help him, after all. And she even came back to give him the things that accidentally ended up in her bag.

Would the officer understand that? Or would she just be considered guilty because she had them? If only Martha knew what was actually going on there.

It Must’ve Been A Mistake


Martha started explaining herself to the officer, but he simply shook his head, cutting her off mid-sentence. That was when Martha knew she was in serious trouble.

The officer’s mind was clearly made up, and nothing Martha said would change it. But why was he really there? And why was he actually looking for her?

Escorted Out Of The Store


She was ready for conflict as soon as the officer said, “Ma’am, you need to come with me.” What could she have done wrong?

But she knew better than to refuse an officer’s request. Things would get ugly if she didn’t comply. She reluctantly cooperated and followed the man out of the store.

A Polite Request


But there were a few things Martha picked up on while she was making her way out. The officer’s request was polite. Not harsh and demanding.

His tone was also calm, even though it left no room for argument. Something about this situation didn’t add up. There was more to it, but Martha couldn’t figure out what that was.

No Cuffs


Another thing that Martha picked up on was that the officer didn’t even try to cuff her. He didn’t reach for his cuffs once. What did that mean?

Was she in trouble? Or wasn’t she? But there was one more thing that left Martha dazed and confused. What the officer did while they were still in the store left Martha utterly confused.

Letting Her Pay


The officer not only waited for Martha to pay for her groceries. He also helped the cashier pack them and carried a few bags out of the store for her.

This action was the one that confused Martha the most. If she was in trouble, why would the officer be so kind to her? Or was this just a part of the “good cop, bad cop” act she had heard about before?

Still Confused


When all was said and done, the officer helped Martha load the groceries into her car. After that, he escorted her to his cruiser.

That was when Martha realized that there was something else going on there. This officer had a purpose, but it wasn’t to arrest her. He had something far bigger in mind.

Flashing His Badge


The man in power had flashed his badge, asserting his authority over Martha. Was she being arrested? She was about to get the answers she was looking for but in the most unexpected way.

She was escorted outside of the store to where a patrol car was waiting outside. But that wasn’t the only thing; there was a familiar-looking man standing in front of it.

The Same Man


Her mouth fell open when she realized who she was staring at. It was the homeless man from the day before, except now he was actually quite handsome.

He cleaned up well, but that was only the start. The most surprising thing was what he was wearing – an identical uniform to what the police officer who escorted her out was wearing.

An Explanation


What kind of trouble had she gotten into? She wondered as she stared at the man in shock. She knew that if she had to go to jail, no one would be able to look after her son. That was what scared her the most.

It was clear that she had put her nose in business she should never have. But the man opened his mouth and offered an explanation.

A Moment Of Silence


She thought about her baby boy being taken away to some kind of mental institution because of his condition. That enough made her want to fight back against whatever she was going to be accused of.

His expression was stern, but after a moment of silence, he smiled and opened his mouth to say something outrageous. Martha would never forget it.

A Thanks


“Hello, Mother Martha,” he said with affection in his voice. “I wanted to say thank you again for yesterday; you really saved me and my team.”

Was she being thanked? But she still had no idea what was going on. “Let me shed a little light,” the officer said with a serious look on his face. He was about to let her in on a little secret.

True Identity


“As you can tell, I’m not homeless. I’m a regular working stiff who has to do some creative things to get my job done, and you really helped out yesterday,” he explained.

“Call me Detective Castellanos. I’ve been working undercover as a homeless man for months, and you helped me crack the case I’ve been working on.”

Shady Business


Officer Castellanos explained that he knew the store had been robbed three times in the last year, but they could never figure out how. It seemed it was an inside job, and the only way to figure that out was to go undercover.

He posed as a homeless man to get a better view of the situation. But yesterday, he had managed to sneak some crucial evidence out of the store, thanks to her.



The security tapes for the cameras had mysteriously gone missing every time the store was robbed. But after some digging, Castellanos had hit the jackpot.

The tapes were hidden in the store by the robber, and he had found them. But there was one problem. While undercover, he couldn’t walk out of the store with the property, or he’d cause suspicion.

A Swap


Castellanos had snuck the tapes into his bag, but the issue came when he couldn’t actually afford the other items he was buying. There was an unforeseen problem.

The hole in his pocket was a little too authentic, and his money had fallen through. But that’s when Mother Martha came in to save the day.

A Lifelong Friend


He congratulated her on assisting them. With the footage, he found the culprit – the same clerk that stonewalled him the previous day.

He got Martha out of the store before going in to make the arrest but told her she’d be compensated for her help and always be a friend of the police departments across the city..

In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.