Facebook post about ‘California deputy caught in the act’ goes viral

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TEMECULA, Calif. - A Facebook post that featured a photo of a California deputy's act of kindness is spreading like wildfire on social media.

According to KSWB, Deputy Brice Pierson was called to a shopping center when someone reported a homeless woman acting suspicious around parked cars.

When he spoke with the 18-year-old woman in the parking lot, he realized there was another reason for her erratic behavior.

"She raised her foot, and her feet were blacker than my boots and calloused, and she said, 'I haven't had shoes in two months," Pierson told KSWB.

While walking through the parking lot, the teen says she was simply trying to find shade so she didn't have to step on the hot asphalt.

At that point, Pierson took the woman, not into custody, but rather to a Payless Shoe store.

Pierson learned that the woman went by the name "Franki" and has been homeless since she was 12-years-old. Franki has been living on the streets with her boyfriend and two dogs.

Shoppers immediately took note of the unusual pair and decided to offer their assistance.

After the shopping trip, Franki ended up with two pairs of shoes, socks, a scarf and a hat.

Pierson's wife also pitched in to buy food for the dogs, as well as several sweaters and a blanket.

"It was the right thing to do... I would hope any human would do that," he said.

Pierson also connected Franki with a nearby organization who can connect her with her family in time for the holidays.

"This is every day. This happens every day with my brothers and sisters in law enforcement. We go and we serve our community every day and it goes unnoticed. Where we're at currently with law enforcement, it's really blighted. Everybody hates cops right now. We're pictured as these bad guys constantly," Pierson said.