Policeman stops at lemonade stand and returns the next day with more officers



Policeman stops at lemonade stand and returns the next day with more officers

Getting the attention of a police officer usually warrants the feeling of nervousness and discomfort. Usually, when the police are involved it means you did something wrong or are thought to have done something wrong. However, there are some instances when the police being involved is nothing short of amazing. This story is the exact example of how police involvement can be wonderful and positive, they do not just pull people over or arrest people for doing illegal things. As honored members of society, these police officers try to do good every day, especially while in their uniform as they know what they are representing. Young Gabrielle Garcar was not comfortable around the police as she had minimal interaction with them and saw how others reacted to their presence but her opinion was shifted when she started selling lemonade in order to pay for a gadget that she wanted but her family could not afford to buy for her. The work that this little girl was willing to put in in order to earn enough money is inspirational.

Moving


Melissa Garcar of Lake County, Ohio is the proud mom of 9-year-old Gabrielle. Melissa, her husband, and their two younger children moved to Lake County in order to better their family’s quality of life.
Moving

Lake County had a low crime rate and was in a fantastic school district, all of which meant that the family never had to deal with the cops in any way. Gabrielle would change all that for her mom in an unpredictable way.

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All for a game


Young Gabrielle wanted a gaming system for herself to enjoy, but when she asked her parents they explained to her that they did not have the funds to cover that for her. Instead of being upset, Gabrielle got determined. Gabrielle had seen her parents work hard for everything they have, so she decided to earn the money for the game instead.
All for a game

So what does a young girl of 9 do to make money? It is not like she could go out there and get a job at her young age. Luckily, Gabrielle is savvy and figured out what she needed to do.

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Hard work and determination


Gabrielle had the brilliant idea of opening up her own lemonade stand to earn the money necessary for her gaming system. Her parents were very much behind her decision as it would teach Gabrielle exactly how hard one needs to work to earn enough for something that they want.
Hard work and determination

Gabrielle was also very sweet and Melissa was certain that she would easily charm those who came by. The only problem was that they lived in a rural area and there was not much foot traffic. Melissa did not want Gabrielle’s plan to fail so she decided to hatch a plan with her daughter.
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Lemonade stand


Due to the fact that their home was in a rural area, they decided to use Gabrielle’s grandmother’s apartment location as the perfect spot for the lemonade stand as she lives in a more central part of town and there are many folks who come by.
Lemonade stand

Gabrielle took the initiative very seriously and got everything she needed for her stand – cups, table cloths, made signs to attract customers, and made the lemonade she has made many times with her mother. It did not take very long for her stand to be a hit and have more people than she knew how to handle.
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Visitor


During one of her runs to wash cups for new customers, Gabrielle returned to find a parked vehicle beside her stand. Initially, Gabrielle was startled to see a sheriff deputy’s car with flashing lights park next to her stand, she did not understand what she could have done wrong. Melissa was watching from inside her mother’s apartment and was just as confused.
Visitor

However, the police officer did not want trouble, he wanted a cup of lemonade and asked Gabrielle how much she charged for one. The cost was 50 cents, so the officer gave her $3 and told her that he will tell his squad about it.
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Gabrielle thanked the policeman and his extra funds. She had no idea that this one officer was going to make such a difference in her plan to earn enough money to get a gaming system. She was happy to have the officer tell the rest of his police mates about her stand, the more the merrier as she is one dollar closer to her goal.
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Gabrielle could not imagine the influence this one guy would have on her initiative.
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Results


After Gabrielle interacted with the first cop, she gained the confidence to handle any other cop that came her way. A few hours after the first officer came, officer Zak Ropos drove up. Gabrielle ran to his window to ask him if he would like to buy lemonade from her.
Results

Ropos was immediately impressed with Gabrielle’s initiative and work ethic as she explained to him that she wants the gaming system to enjoy but also use to learn.
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Almost surprise


Gabrielle’s lemonade stand was a hit and she was slowly earning her funds for the iPad she wanted. However, she was in for a big surprise. Officer Ropos went to Melissa to tell her that he wanted to gift Gabrielle his old iPad since he knew that Gabrielle’s efforts would still fall short of the cost of an iPad.
Almost surprise

He saw how hard she was working and wanted to reward her, Melissa was very moved by the gesture.
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Defeated return


Unfortunately, when Officer Ropos got home to get his iPad, he realized that the gadget would not turn on anymore and he could not gift it to Gabrielle. He then had to drive back to tell Melissa the bad news, which he hoped would not be too devastating.
Defeated return

However, before he could get from his car to the house to tell Melissa the news, he was stopped by sweet Gabrielle who told him something that just made him melt.
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Selfless Gabrielle


Gabrielle told Officer Ropos that her stand made a nice amount of money that day and that she was very happy about that. She proceeded to tell him, though, that her mom was low on gas and so she gave her the money to fill the family gas tank.
Selfless Gabrielle

Needless to say, Officer Ropos was beyond moved by Gabrielle’s selflessness and her maturity. He thought to himself that he could not let Gabrielle not get her wish.
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The next day


The day after this exchange, Melissa, Gabrielle and the rest of the family were at her brother’s football practice when Gabrielle saw a police car drive by. Gabrielle proceeded to wave to the car as she assumed that the cop inside must have tried her lemonade.
The next day

Before she could process it, the cop car pulled up beside the bleachers and none other than Office Ropos came out. Gabrielle ran from her seat to the officer’s car in excitement.
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Real surprise


Just as Gabrielle ran to Officer Ropos, he pulled out a pink bag from his vehicle. Gabrielle looked at the bag and froze. Ropos handed Gabrielle the bag which contained her very own brand new iPad. As soon as he heard how selfless and wonderful this little girl was he knew he needed to do this act of kindness for her, she was more deserving than anyone he had ever met.
Real surprise

That is what we like to call above and beyond the call of duty.
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Officer Ropos


Another reason Office Ropos wanted to gift Gabrielle with the iPad had to do with his own upbringing. Ropos said that when he was young he was also assisted and knew how much that could mean to a child, how it could change their entire perspective on people.
Officer Ropos

He wanted to be that catalyst for change for Gabrielle as he admired her dedication and huge heart and knew that this would make her happy and that she was deserving.
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Reaction


As a mother, Melissa was moved to tears. Melissa said that she was astounded by his kindness and the kindness of people in general. Having been previously wary of police officers, she had a newfound understanding and comfort around them now, especially Officer Ropos.
Reaction

As for her daughter, Melissa was happy she got what she deserved and had talked about how large her sweet girl’s heart is and how deserving she is of all the good that comes her way.
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Sharing


Melissa snapped a photo of Gabrielle and Officer Ropos to commemorate the deeply kind act that he did for Gabrielle. It was Ropos’ own Sheriff’s Department that decided to commemorate him for his actions too. They posted the photo on their Facebook page, and the reaction they got from the public was unlike anything they could have expected. It is quite sensational to see what social media can do when given the power of good.
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Viral post


As with social media posts, this one went viral. The attention the post got was overwhelming. The post itself garnered over 34,000 likes and 10,000 comments from locals. Both Melissa and Officer Ropos were contacted by several media outlets but Ropos declined almost all of them.
Viral post

He did not understand why it was so surprising that people be kind of one another and go out of their way to help. He was as humble as it gets.
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Spotlight


Officer Ropos went on to explain that there are many others who do good and are not given the spotlight. He went on to say that just a few months before, another officer helped out a family by giving them $200 as they were in need.
Spotlight

Two other policemen purchased a bicycle for a boy in the neighborhood after they learned he was having a hard time getting to his soccer practice. There is more good out there that is thought to be.