Doing the ‘right thing,’ cop buys bed for teen

Some of the social media networks laughed it up big a few weeks ago when the New York Police Department invited its social media audience to submit pictures of encounters with a police officer.

People could’ve posted a picture of the cop who bought boots for a homeless man, but that wouldn’t have been that funny; not as funny as this.

It was a bad idea because people are going to be people.

It can be hard for cops like Gaetano Acerra of Sumter, South Carolina to get a little recognition but, fortunately, he got some this week after he responded to a call from a 13-year-old boy who said he didn’t want to live with his mother anymore.

“I said, ‘You have it good. You have a roof over your head,’” Acerra tells WIS TV in Columbia, South Carolina.

When he took the boy home, however, he found he didn’t even have a bed to sleep in.

So he went and bought Cameron Simmons a bed, a TV, a desk, and a Wii console.

“I did it because I could,” he said. “And it was the right thing to do and I think people should do things like this.”