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“It Shocked Me”: State Trooper Leaves Starbucks Barista in Tears After Babysitter Falls Through

That’s when this totally inspiring story got an even sweeter twist.

When North Carolina State Trooper Brad Marsh waltzed in for his morning cup of joe, he quickly took note of the multi-tasking mamas in need of a hand.

Without a second thought, the kind-hearted cop who has a young daughter of his own stepped in to help.

Shortly after, one of his partners came to aid him with the impromptu babysitting gig.


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“’Trooper Brad’ came in and he offered to sit with Dilynn while we worked,” said Spell. “He stayed for over an hour. Never in a million years did I think that (a trooper) would just do that—just stay and hang around and help.”


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“Trooper Brad and one of his fellow partners were outstanding in making sure we could still get our job done and even had a little fun with it,” Spell shared on Facebook.

“He even bought her a cup that she had been holding on to all morning.”


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The officers’ selfless effort to go above and beyond the call of duty left Blakes overwhelmed with gratitude and emotion.

“It just blew me away,” she said through tears. “It was wonderful. It shocked me. It made me feel so much better.”


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Spell later shared her account of the day’s inspiring chain of events, along with special thanks to the NC State Troopers on Facebook. Her post has since made waves across the Internet:

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“It made my heart melt to see this unfold today,” wrote Spell. “Thank you, Brad and NC State Troopers everywhere, you guys rock!

 As for Blakes, it’s an act of service seared on this thankful mother’s heart forever.

“When Shantaphae was able to leave later that morning, she went over and was crying,” said her manager. “She thanked (Marshall) a million times.”

Blakes sums up the emotional experience with just two words:

I’m blessed.

“I’m honestly blessed to have the Starbucks family.”

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Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

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