Trooper shares a meal and a conversation with panhandler

(Courtesy: Massachusetts State Police /Facebook)

FALL RIVER, MA (WCMH) — It was simple act, not meant to capture attention, but instead show a little compassion to a person who needed help.

The photo, shared on the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page, showed the well-dressed trooper sitting on the bumper of his vehicle, having a meal with the panhandler.

According the Massachusetts State Police, Trooper Luke Bonin was driving back from court to his Dartmouth barracks, when he noticed the panhandler and her sign asking for help of any kind.

Bonin says he drove to a nearby restaurant and ordered two meals and returned to the woman.

When he returned to the panhandler, and exited his vehicle, she immediately told him she’d leave, but Bonin said “I’m not here to kick you out.” Bonin then let the woman pick which meal she wanted and the two of them talked.

Sharing a meal and a conversation, that was captured by a passing citizen.

The post is going viral with more than thousands of likes and shares in just about an hour.

“Yes, Trooper Bonin, we know you do not want or expect publicity. We know you didn’t want to be noticed, but you were, and the job is proud of you. We commend you for your selfless act, and for “doing the right thing” for someone less fortunate than most people,” the Massachusetts State Police posted. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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