It goes without saying that homeless people have a rough life. Not only do they struggle to put food in their bellies, but they also have to find a safe place to sleep every night. One 11-year-old girl was “lucky” in the sense that she was living in a car and had her sweet mama by her side, but she was still harassed for not having a conventional roof over her head.
One day someone Huntington Beach, California neighborhood called the police on the family for looking suspicious. The poor girl was frightened when the cops showed up, but the officer didn’t seem to notice the forlorn expression on the girl’s face when he pointed at her and told her to get out of the car. When he told her to “hop” to it, she just about lost it!
Cops in particular are known for picking on homeless people, especially if they’re loitering in an area of town where they’re not welcome. However, when Officer Zach Pricer and his partner arrived at the scene and saw the 11-year-old, they immediately called the Homeless Task Force for help. On their Facebook page, the Huntington Beach Police Department said:
“This morning an officer checked on a suspicious occupied vehicle in the area of Graham and Edinger. During his investigation he learned the people in the vehicle were a mother and her 11 year old daughter and they had been living out of their car. The officer contacted our Homeless Task Force to help arrange housing.”
While Officer Pricer’s partner and mom were discussing housing arrangements for the family, Officer Pricer thought it’d be a good time to distract the young girl with a fun game of hopscotch!
Officer Pricer knew it must have been pretty frightening for the 11-year-old to see a cop towering over her, so he decided to break the ice and get her to feel comfortable around him. Watching a grown man bounce around like a rabbit sure did the trick!
“As the officer worked on housing arrangements with the mother, another officer on scene, Officer Pricer, began displaying his expertise in hopscotch to the daughter.”
This isn’t your mama’s version of hopscotch – it’s cop-scotch! The girl had never played hopscotch in all her life, and the gentle giant was showing her all the hippity-hoppity moves.
However, it looks like perhaps Officer Pricer is going against all his training and bending the rules! His expertise at the game is being debated, with one Facebook user noting:
“Very sweet, but the officer is out. You can’t use your hand to balance when picking up the marker. Way to go Officer Pricer, you’re a good man.”
It’s plain to see that no matter how the game was taught or played, leaping like Frogger and landing like Superwoman brought the girl a sweet respite from the harsh realities of homelessness. More importantly Officer Pricer actually taught an unintended lesson and the one rule in life that all of us should abide by – just focus, breathe, and take it one hop at a time.
Watch this video to see Officer Pricer and his new friend play copscotch!