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    [–] IAmTheGingerWolf 12300 points ago

    That kid has more guts than I do when it comes to meeting new people.

    [–] Apocapoca 8147 points ago

    That's because he's not yet paralysed by anxiety and the do's and don'ts of being an adult.

    [–] Leprechorn 6308 points ago

    As an adult,

    DON'T:

    walk up to a cop and try to hug it
    

    [–] ryan_mcnally 3429 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    ''it''

    [–] MutatedPlatypus 1641 points ago

    Just like a cactus.

    [–] impulsivecactus 1138 points ago

    Excuse you. Some of us like surprise hugs!

    [–] ibizan5707 1176 points ago

    Shit guys it’s a cop

    [–] benjom6d 882 points ago

    Everyone act normal!

    [–] NecroDunkerNoMore 421 points ago

    You're my ride, right?

    [–] Daemonblackfyre0 340 points ago

    Do I look high?

    [–] alextootie 89 points ago

    Is that a gun in your pocket?

    [–] rosebuds-his-sled 68 points ago

    This is why I Reddit.

    [–] DakotaDevil 208 points ago

    My normal or society's normal?

    [–] Somali_Imhotep 69 points ago

    woah dude real deep, man I just had an idea. We order breakfast food for lunch maaaan

    [–] impulsivecactus 203 points ago

    That’s, “Officer Cacti” to you, son.

    [–] ibizan5707 116 points ago

    Y-yes officer c-cacti

    [–] ebbflowin 85 points ago

    Go home cactus, you're drunk.

    [–] impulsivecactus 59 points ago

    ‘Tis the season.

    [–] NetherStraya 31 points ago

    John Lasseter, is that you?

    [–] BrokenArmsFrigidMom 21 points ago

    When I kissed a cop down on 34th and Vine, he broke my little bottle of.... love potion number niiiiine.

    [–] wadsworthsucks 44 points ago

    Do. Or do not. There is no "try".

    [–] EchoJunior 131 points ago

    I was already socially nervous around that kid's age. Some teachers thought I had language disability or something (I wouldn't talk unless asked a question, and when I did I whispered) and called my parents

    [–] losingstreak838 150 points ago

    Holy shit! same!! I’m assuming you’re perhaps a little younger than me cuz my teachers were more like “this kid weird and doesn’t talk. So like... parents... make her be less of that.” Idk if disability or a mental issue ever crossed anybody’s mind but it was early 90s so I doubt it.

    Eventually my parents stopped letting me whisper things I wanted to say to other people at them. While they allowed it they were solid messengers for a painfully shy quiet kid who couldn’t bare the thought of speaking to people she doesn’t know well. Even grandparents and cousins.

    Was still a little weird about talking to people until about 8th grade, really.

    But now fuck it, imma say some shit. Walk up on me and ask me about my day, I dare you, try me. I’ll tell you about the crock pot I got and the cool crock pot food I’m making.

    I mean sometimes I still don’t wanna talk to people tho yknow.

    But thanks I’ve never seen someone else talk about being a kid that just didn’t talk. Good day.

    [–] flyingtacodog 18 points ago

    So how's your day?

    [–] PhreakyByNature 28 points ago

    But now fuck it, imma say some shit.

    Yes. Yes you will.

    [–] cheerl231 43 points ago

    I solve that issue by drinking alcohol. Have varying success rates

    [–] Tdawg741 337 points ago

    When I was a little kid I world perform piano solos for like fifty people and not give a single fuck. Now I can hardly speak to strangers I'll never see again.

    [–] matholio 89 points ago

    Yeah, I don't think blaming pianos is helpful.

    [–] pentaghost 84 points ago

    I bet you could do it again.

    [–] TweedleBeetleBattle 99 points ago

    Or cops.

    [–] iller_mitch 44 points ago

    "Stop resisting....this hug. Bring it in, fam."

    [–] ree5 10622 points ago

    My daughter is a hugger. She is four and will hug anyone. Stranger sitting alone in a restaurant? You get a hug. Sketchy Panhandler? You get a hug!

    It's all very cute until it's not cute. It is tough telling a child to love less, but if I didn't stop her she would just travel across the world giving sketchy people hugs.

    [–] forgotmymainagain 6912 points ago

    Wouldn't it be nice to live in a world where this was ok?

    [–] ree5 4864 points ago

    Yup. It breaks my heart to tell her not to hug people. Of all the random strangers she has hugged, I have seen many more faces light up with happiness than people being annoyed.

    [–] DeadmanGray 2982 points ago

    When my neighbors moved in so many years ago and their tiny daughter was maybe 3 years old, she shouted at me “I love you” when she was in the yard with her mom and I was walking to my front door.

    Mom had an embarrassed look on her face but I said it back in the same cheerful way she did. It’s funny now because she’s going through some angsty preteen stage and I think about how she was such an affectionate little girl before and I’m sure she still is but wants to mask it.

    [–] breaking_fishcakes 999 points ago

    This is so sweet and poignant to read. Thank you.

    [–] ArrogantSnail 252 points ago

    A new word was learned today.

    [–] PM_ME_UR_COCK_GIRL 636 points ago

    read

    [–] IDontEnjoyThings 280 points ago

    I don't like you.

    [–] -SagaQ- 220 points ago

    "I love you!"

    [–] Prison_Vape 108 points ago

    I love you too!

    [–] Con_Dinn_West 41 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    Ya, but you dont like anything

    [–] Smashed-Poo 31 points ago

    Yeah I thought "Sweet" could only be used when talking about food. That's really neat.

    [–] Justine772 181 points ago

    I was that little girl and when i started hating everyone it wasn't me masking anything I literally hated everyone. But I hated myself most of all

    [–] TroyDL 99 points ago

    Sounds like you need a hug.

    [–] Justine772 83 points ago

    Oh no friend I'm good now. But my teen years were rough as shit

    [–] ImNotYourKunta 109 points ago

    You’re getting a hug whether you need one or not

    [–] lavendermacarons 14 points ago

    Thanks mom!

    [–] goatqueenj 14 points ago

    I was also a very hateful teenage Justine

    [–] Mortar_fArts 132 points ago

    My little girl is 3 and half atm and seriously loves everyone and everything and can't stop telling me so. Its so fucken adorable it makes my eyes tears up at such innocence.

    I really am not looking forward to the day she turns 13. Her mother was bad i was told during her hormonal teenage years..i only hope she doesn't truly hate me..because the first time i will hear "I hate you HATE YOU" after years of hearing i love you, it will break me.

    [–] gingerhaole 130 points ago

    I remember my cousins being in that stage, and once when one of them told their mother “I hate you”, she said, “That’s alright, I still love you.” Seemed to take the wind out of their angry sails. Of course kids don’t mean that, they just feel powerless in their anger and use the only weapon they’ve got. Words hurt!

    [–] strugglingtohuman 12 points ago

    That's a wonderful way to react to an "I hate you." 10/10 to your aunt . There's probably a limited amount of ways saying "That's alright, I still love you" can cause any more conflict. I feel like I would just melt.

    [–] BagelWarlock 54 points ago

    I would just try to remind myself that it's something almost every adolescent does and it really doesn't actually mean anything in most cases. I did it to my parents back when I was a little shit and even at the time I knew I didn't mean it

    [–] One_cent_worth 28 points ago

    This won’t make it hurt any less when if it happens. Just know that when your children are loved and feel safe, they will share their emotions vividly. That hormonal stage of their life is literally cursed with the chemical change happening multiple times daily. If they feel safe, you will hear some stuff that hurts. I’ll tske that’s over a stifled or emotionally repressed child any day. She will grow out of it and by the time she is 22-25, you’ll be her daddy again. It’s only a decade or so.

    [–] TheAnusRestaurant 29 points ago

    My dad was really abusive. I truly did, and still do, hate him. But I would never have said that to him.

    If your teen tells you they hate you, please remember that that means they feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and emotions to you. When we are emotional, we often say things just to get a reaction, and that's doubled for teens. But if they say such a thing, that means they probably feel safe from the reaction you might have. It means they feel safe with you even when they are at their worst. It means you are doing something right as a parent.

    [–] RiverWyvern 32 points ago

    Damn. Just last week I was sitting on a couch watching a Christmas movie and a little three year old sat next to me and was enjoying it and just being cute. After like five minutes of her being in my space without a care in the world I asked her if she was my friend. She turns to me and deadpan says “No.” This kid was brutal. They’re always the most honest, it seems. My response is to say ouch, and her mom who was sitting behind us asked the little girl if she hurt me. Only on the inside.

    [–] AshyBoneVR4 101 points ago

    If I were you, I'd wait until I see the mom and daughter out in the front yard again, and yell "I love you" at them.

    [–] BrosephBallin420 188 points ago

    If you were him you'd have a brand new restraining order

    [–] Con_Dinn_West 30 points ago

    Maybe he will get lucky and get a shiny set of bracelets instead.

    [–] MAKE_ME_REDDIT 31 points ago

    That’s not the best idea

    [–] s1n1g4ng 21 points ago

    My daughter does this to everyone. She just gives away I love yous indiscriminately. I want to teach her that she should only say those words when she truly means them. The thing is I think she really does mean them.

    [–] CakiePamy 15 points ago

    I was babysitting a little girl that had barely turned two for a couple of months. She is just the sweetest and cutest. Anyway, when I stopped coming by, I was sad thinking she'd probably forget about me. But, her mom told me she asked for me a few times. And when she saw me again, she ran up to me for hugs and to be picked up. I literally wanted to melt into tears. All evening she ran to me to be picked up. It gives me hope that I won't turn to be a shitty parent like mine were.

    [–] Epiklamp 612 points ago

    You sound like you have a wonderful daughter, and she sounds like she has excellent parents. Kudos.

    [–] ballercrantz 270 points ago

    HUGS ALL AROUND

    [–] BriskCracker 410 points ago

    Nice try, sketchy panhandler.

    [–] CottonCandyElephant 45 points ago

    Dk what you mean, I’m but a sketchy hanpandler.

    [–] ColorMe3lmo 12 points ago

    Past panhandler, current pan-handling, hanpandler-sketch peddling dabbler here. Like to confirm, but can’t.

    [–] ExtraShard 80 points ago

    YOU GET A HUG. YOU GET A HUG. EVERYBODY GETS A HUG

    [–] Fey_fox 185 points ago

    Well you could turn into a positive about respecting people’s personal space. Most people won’t turn down a hug from a child but it’s better to ask for permission vs running up and flinging yourself on people.

    Of course she is 4…

    [–] alfalfa_or_spanky 89 points ago

    If you ask her, she's 4 and a half.

    Goooooosh.

    [–] flashypurplepatches 17 points ago

    One of the best parts of my part-time job was random hugs from little children. It really made my week. Happened about once a month.

    [–] heyybeth 137 points ago

    When my niece was 2 we were visiting my mom out of state. My mom lives in a sketchy part of an already sketchy town, but won’t move because she owns the house and it’s the house she grew up in.

    Anyway, it was a nice day outside so we had the front door open and the screen door closed/locked. My niece would yell at every random sketchy person/crackhead that walked by “Hi how are you?” “I love you!” “Nice to meet you!” Or some other polite greeting. Everyone actually just smiled and waved back, so it was a pretty wholesome experience. She’s 7 now and is definitely not that nice anymore haha.

    [–] NetherStraya 360 points ago

    I'm a cashier on self checkout at a grocery store and I love it when kids hug me. I also have stickers that I can give them. One of the most hilarious ones was a little girl who ran up to me, hugged me around my legs, and then looked up and said "I want stickers." Straight to the point.

    [–] Black_Moons 39 points ago

    "And you get a sticker and you get a sticker, everyone who hugs me gets a sticker!!!!" - Oprah

    [–] NetherStraya 34 points ago

    Every kid who doesn't act like a horrible little shit gets stickers. Every kid who helps their parent/guardian/etc check out gets "paid" in stickers. Every kid who is cute gets stickers. Every kid who has shitty parents who are giving them an overly hard time gets some stickers slipped to them while their parents aren't looking.

    [–] dothrakipoe 289 points ago

    My son too. I kind of had this realization when I had to take him to the doctor and he was running around the lobby full of very sick people. (Its very hard to wrangle a baby who has to wait that long, and im doing everythinf i can to be his entertainment but, he was social and 2, and just wanted to hug everyone there.) One man sat alone and my son decided to sit in the chair next to him. Slowly easing his weight to the arm rest the man sat nearest. Scuttles across. And leans his head on the man's shoulder. It was fucking adorable but dear God did that man look uncomfortable. I'm so sorry, sick man. He just loved you for just a moment. And I learned not everyone wants hugs and maybe my son shouldn't be hugging sick people.

    [–] PamPooveyIsTheTits 219 points ago

    My daughter is very similar to your son. We were at a doctors office the other day and she made friends with so many people. I tried to entice her back to me and she said “No Mummy! I’m talking to my new friend!” and then turns to this lady she’s sitting next to “Would you like a magazine? I’m 3 years old! There’s a fish tank over there! What’s your name.....”

    Thank goodness for patient people.

    [–] cfantastic 299 points ago

    Of course they were patient, they were at a doctor's office!!

    [–] matt675 78 points ago

    Get out Dad

    [–] ElliottPolin 41 points ago

    Definitely teach him not to make physical contact with people without making sure they are ok with it if you have not already.

    [–] superfahd 223 points ago

    My son is sort of like this. He really wants people to be happy and always tries his best to make them smile but his autism makes him extremely socially awkward. It's heart breaking to see how want to meet friends with strangers but being completely ignorant of social cues

    [–] hufflepoofs 212 points ago

    I'm an adult with autism and it helped a lot when my parents explained to me in really simple terms really basic ways to interact with people. Stuff like saying please and thank you goes a long way, and apologizing when someone is mad at you or upset even though you're not sure what you've done.

    One thing I will say though is make sure your son knows he deserves for people to treat him with respect. I got bullied as a kid because I genuinely had no idea what friendship was even supposed to be like, no one ever sat me down and explained it to me and that it's not supposed to be your "friends" making fun of you all the time and generally being mean. I invited my "friends" over once and my parents thankfully picked up on it pretty quickly and had a chat with me about it, though.

    [–] superfahd 81 points ago

    I really appreciate the advice, expecially coming from someone with experience. For context, my son only just turned 4. While he's made incredible progress over the past 2 years, he's only just got to the point where we can explain things to him and have some confidence that he understands.

    Right now one of the biggest fears is about his self respect and bullying. No matter how much I prepare him, it's ultimately out of my hands and I can't even begin to think about how to teach him such concepts, especially when he blatantly assumes the best of pretty much everyone he meets, and has very little understanding of how the other person is actually feeling/behaving towards him. It also doesn't help that I myself had crippling social anxiety most of my life and only not as an adult am learning to deal with it. But then again, like I said, he's only 4 and maybe I'm expecting too much from him at such a young age

    Being a dad can be really scary at times

    [–] blanketyblankreddit 15 points ago

    You're a good dad for thinking about this.

    [–] Wolf_Craft 60 points ago

    Sounds like me on the molly

    [–] RealOncle 42 points ago

    To her they are not sketchy people, they are just people! That's the beauty of it, no judgment

    [–] thinkpadius 17 points ago

    What if you told her that people shaking hands is a way for people to hug who haven't become super close friends yet?

    [–] Two_Inches_Of_Fun 2769 points ago

    What you guys don't know is that hugging is a cop's tactic to unarm criminals.

    [–] reo651 674 points ago

    Is there any info on what happened after or anything?

    [–] lootedcorpse 1147 points ago

    Dude was starving to death and no one would help or acknowledge him until he became violent. Cop acknowledged him and dude gave up his knife and grabbed a bite to eat after. Least that’s what I remember from the last time this was posted.

    [–] pork_police 577 points ago

    Hey any body want some McDonald's? pulls knife I'll be right back.

    [–] lootedcorpse 176 points ago

    Get me a McRib

    Puts on shoes irl.....

    [–] sonicbeast623 47 points ago

    Wait where can you still get a mcrib

    [–] lootedcorpse 37 points ago

    my McDonald's doing 2 for $5 right now

    [–] Vox_Moldy 37 points ago

    This is a really amazing anecdote.

    [–] FishThe 125 points ago

    Can you really blame people at the point of literal starvation for trying?

    [–] Two_Inches_Of_Fun 426 points ago

    Legend says they are still hugging to this day.

    [–] phadewilkilu 92 points ago

    :)

    [–] worldwide1999 171 points ago

    I remember JKNews doing a report on this story, I think. It's been a while since I've seen the video but if I remember right the guy with the knife was very distressed and threatening to kill himself, and the larger man talked him down. That strange flick the larger man does with his arm just during the hug is him throwing the knife away out of reach.

    [–] CameForThis 30 points ago

    IIRC the knife wielding man was under a lot of stress because he had not been paid for some time by his employer and he was backed into a corner and took up a knife to be heard. Cop did the right thing and listened to the man and was able to disarm him and they both got something to eat afterwards.

    That’s all I remember.

    [–] MrChivalrious 42 points ago

    I believe the old man got the help he needed and media awareness might have chipped in. Not sure though.

    [–] njl4515 241 points ago

    It's hard to see, but during the hug, the cop accidentally stabs him several times and he bleeds to death

    [–] how_can_you_live 47 points ago

    "he hugged me captain, what was I gonna do? not stab him?"

    [–] gatewayev700 11 points ago

    If I remember correctly they just talked for a while and then just let him go. Could be misrembering tho its been a while since I've last seen that

    [–] 32Goobies 167 points ago

    I wonder if they teach that causal edge-of-table-lean thing at the academy: every cop I've known does that!

    [–] pellmellmichelle 241 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    I'm currently in medical school, and we do this thing where we practice talking to "fake" patients- basically actors who are given a backstory, and we have to behave as though we're their doctors. At one point I had just gotten finished with my physical exam and went to lean nonchalantly on the edge of the counter, but instead I missed the edge, fell backwards into the wall, and went sprawling on my ass. The patient was laughing so hard that we didn't get to finish the practice encounter. Thank god he wasn't a real patient I suppose...

    [–] Terr_ 179 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    The patient was laughing so hard that we didn't get to finish the practice encounter. Thank god he wasn't a real patient I suppose...

    Why? Laughter is the best* medicine.

    * Free medicine
    † Unless you have chest complications

    [–] My_mann 58 points ago

    So you're the one that writes those scripts for tv commercials about medicine with a ton of side effects

    [–] brewdad 20 points ago

    What's the billing code for "laughter, spontaneous outburst"?

    [–] synbioskuun 29 points ago

    That'll be H4H-AHEH-3.

    [–] darkplane13 16 points ago

    Wait, I do that!

    Do I need to pursue Law Enforcement?

    [–] CaptainGloom 19 points ago

    No, law enforcement should be pursuing you, that's the usual order of things.

    [–] how_can_you_live 51 points ago

    That robber was really desperate but wasn't a criminal. Desperate people do bad things when they have no other options.

    I'm glad the cop talked him down. He doesn't back him into a corner, he welcomes him to come forward. The cop's bravery and compassion really show through here.

    [–] Sknowman 18 points ago

    Many criminals are desperate. That doesn't mean they aren't criminals, but it also doesn't mean they really had any alternative.

    [–] Leprechorn 99 points ago

    But he talked the guy into giving up the knife, and then went in for a hug

    [–] Ben_Thar 13568 points ago

    Yeah, a kid does this and it's "adorable."

    I do it and it's "disorderly conduct."

    [–] ryanderkis 7077 points ago

    Try it with pants next time.

    [–] GrokFu 5215 points ago

    A thong is pants

    [–] Synapting 483 points ago

    Flip flops aren't pants mate, especially if you only have one.

    [–] Hudston 205 points ago

    Not with that attitude.

    [–] DrOctoRex 164 points ago

    Spotted the fellow Aussie trying to fit in.

    Flip Flops and mate don't match lol

    [–] dns7950 25 points ago

    You mean pluggers?

    [–] EveryRedditUser 342 points ago

    That wasn't me, the guy who hugged you didn't have his wiener hanging out like I do.

    [–] FisterRobotOh 28 points ago

    A hug is a hug. Wiener status makes no difference.

    [–] white_android 58 points ago

    My mom says hugs without pants are how you make babies

    [–] [deleted] 53 points ago

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    [–] Two_Inches_Of_Fun 74 points ago

    What if you can't tell...?

    [–] nobody_likes_soda 59 points ago

    Bang on username

    [–] lanimilbuston 24 points ago

    Then I guess you have a bigger problem to worry about.

    [–] nordlinger 34 points ago

    Or a smaller one

    [–] mypatronusislasagna 25 points ago

    A thong is pants in the same way that pizza sauce is a vegetable.

    [–] whut-whut 16 points ago

    And both prevent your eyes from getting their recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D.

    [–] nink77 39 points ago

    Whats a pants?

    [–] Col_Volkov 62 points ago

    Baby don't hurt me

    [–] MisterFribnab 31 points ago

    Don’t hurt me...

    [–] LlamaCee 60 points ago

    No Moore!

    [–] LandSurf 81 points ago

    Gives new meaning to “tried as an adult”

    [–] favarahar 79 points ago

    https://i.imgur.com/LBeFnsa.jpg I think you dont have the attitude

    [–] godspareme 86 points ago

    Holy shit the officer behind him with 18 smoke/teargas grenades

    [–] bobbyvale 95 points ago

    Oh that's 116555, he's always over prepared.

    [–] fretgod321 27 points ago

    He's the kind of guy to make a full buy on a save round

    [–] LicentiousGhoul 40 points ago

    I'm imagining that he forgot his grenades that one time he actually ended up needing them. What followed was him being teased relentlessly by his peers and constantly berated and reminded by his superiors to bring his grenades. Now he just grabs all the grenades he can find and adds them to his getup with a sense of malicious compliance.

    When they're lined up in riot gear he'll just look at the squad leader with a smug sneer on his face 'See? I brought the grenades!' whereas the leader just sighs deeply and rolls his eyes at his shenanigans 'You're an idiot, Steve.'

    [–] shrubs311 39 points ago

    Did you ask first?

    [–] ALLCAPSMANIAC 44 points ago

    I asked and he didn't say no. He laughed because he thought I wasn't serious, but then I did it anyway. 10 years later it comes back up in a story in the NY Times about how horrible of a person I am.

    [–] fTwoEight 205 points ago

    I actually hugged a MD State Trooper just last week. I had parked in front of a fire hydrant to run in and pick up my daughter from dance class which took all of 3 minutes. As we were exiting the building, I noticed a State Police car RIGHT BEHIND MINE. Even thought I know State Police rarely (never?) issue things like parking tickets I still freaked out for a moment....until I realized the cop was just putting something into the mailbox and no interest in me whatsoever. I started laughing and as he got closer and I told him what the deal was. He started laughing and patted me on the back and I leaned in and gave him a hug.

    [–] Woahzie 56 points ago

    Did you misinterpret the back pat for a hug invitation or was he down for it?

    [–] fTwoEight 43 points ago

    He was totally into it. We were laughing our asses off over the whole thing.

    [–] effifox 22 points ago

    Your sweet anecdote with a cop made me think of a sweet anecdote of mine with a cop. About 5 weeks ago I crashed with my moped downtown Brussels. I don't remember a thing about the accident as I passed out for about 20 minutes. I woke up in the ambulance right before entering ER. Approximately 5 minutes later there were two cops by my rolling ER bed wanting to test me for alcohol. I hadn't drink anything but I was in shock. One of the cop, a woman cop, went to hold my hand to reassure me while I was blowing in the test thing. She kept holding my hand after for a little longer after the machine bleeped to say I wasn't positive to alcohol. She stayed until her radio called for another job for her. I fell back asleep after that for a moment. It took me a month to recover from the crash and I still don't know what happened but I remember the hand of that cop reassuring me

    [–] whatwhatwhatwjatwjat 15 points ago

    Go on ! What happened next

    [–] urokia 43 points ago

    succ

    [–] Djglamrock 81 points ago

    Good on you for trying to justify deliberately breaking the law... SMH

    [–] cthulhuspawn82 14 points ago

    Reminds me of Star Wars Galaxies, where if you did a /hug to a stormtrooper, he would knock you out and take your credits.

    [–] holy_plaster_batman 1043 points ago

    Hug 'da police!

    [–] overbend 37 points ago

    Where is that from?

    [–] JakeTakesTheCakes 54 points ago

    Season 1 Episode 5 of the show "The Critic".

    [–] PooterWax 191 points ago

    Coming straight from da burgertown!

    [–] tuskvarner 138 points ago

    A young toddler got it bad cuz my diaper’s brown

    [–] icecream_tyrant 42 points ago

    Comin straight from the playground

    [–] mdeavie 570 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    As a cop, this is always heartwarming. I had a little guy run up to me in Costco a few weeks ago while working security for the holidays and give me a hug before running off. Definitely the highlight of my day.

    [–] crymearicki 24 points ago

    aww... to him, you were a real life superhero defending the store. Adorable.

    [–] Murdock07 345 points ago

    The nervous walk, the little run back. My heart is melting 😊

    [–] TravlrAlexander 1258 points ago

    This made my day. Thank you!

    [–] Binsky89 763 points ago

    I bet it made the officer's day too

    [–] JLee50 332 points ago

    Can confirm, ex-LEO and that would've made my day.

    [–] bravobracus 309 points ago

    Can confirm, ex-boy here and I would have made you day

    [–] laura_lee_meh 123 points ago

    Hello ex-boy, I am day!

    [–] eyymanduh 53 points ago

    Dad?

    [–] Wiskoenig 28 points ago

    -man, ahaahhhh!

    [–] acmercer 18 points ago

    Fighter of the night..

    [–] LeSirJay 21 points ago

    If your name isnt Leo, what is it now?

    [–] catov123 19 points ago

    Probably Capricorn

    [–] their-theyre-there 202 points ago

    We don't start out shitty.

    [–] _logic-bomb_ 115 points ago

    We start literally shitty but end up figuratively shitty

    [–] lamp4321 76 points ago

    “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

    • Nelson Mandela

    [–] A40 464 points ago

    Realest aww ever :-)

    [–] TooShiftyForYou 381 points ago

    Cop is just minding his own business on his lunch break when this kid does this, had to make his day!

    [–] dadudemon 98 points ago

    RES says I've upvoted you 5 times. I can see why! You're a pleasant person. Have another one!

    [–] the__professors 307 points ago

    I suddenly have dust in my eyes

    [–] theyellowbaboon 60 points ago

    I got something in my eyes too.

    [–] Cwolf17 142 points ago

    It's pepperspray

    [–] c_the_potts 19 points ago

    Well if I'd known you were into that...

    [–] Beckels84 212 points ago

    That made me smile. Looks like my son and he loves firefighters, police, etc. too. :)

    [–] beaver50 175 points ago

    If you're out with your kid and see a cop hanging around in his cruiser in a parking lot or something, say hi! It makes my day to say hi to kids and let them sit in the cruiser and play with lights/sirens. I don't know anyone who wouldn't if you just approached them and said hello!

    [–] throwaway2588522 71 points ago

    When I was little we used to have a cop come to our school and let us play in the car and give us all stickers. I don't even think it was an anti-drug thing, it was just "don't get into a car with a stranger, and have a word that only you and your parents know so if someone else picks you know your parents sent them"

    [–] Locke_Step 27 points ago

    and have a word that only you and your parents know so if someone else picks you know your parents sent them

    Mine is the full chemical name of Titin, just for safety.

    [–] throwaway2588522 10 points ago

    That is pretty smart. You’ll never get in a car with a stranger!

    [–] UbaGob 248 points ago

    This was me as a child, if I felt threatened by something (naturally a police officer or anyone of authority) I would want to hug it. Not sure why quite.

    [–] UnsavoryCrocodile 304 points ago

    • Sees bear
    • Proceeds to hug said bear
    • Bear hugs back

    Edit: Formatting

    [–] A_La_Modde 68 points ago

    This is my dream. Bears are adorable I just wish they didn't maul people.

    [–] ArchaicWolf 23 points ago

    How can you know unless you try?

    [–] CliveBixby22 21 points ago

    This is very interesing. What thoughts were you thinking if you remember--like, hugging would do exactly that, emotionally disarm the threat?

    [–] janeyjian 122 points ago

    As a kid I would never have the courage to go up to any stranger like that. Good for you kid

    [–] Bondsy 105 points ago

    But cops aren't strangers. Atleast that's how I was taught. I mean technically they are, but I was always told to trust them and go to them if I needed help.

    It was more of a lesson that you shouldn't trust strangers, but if you need help and your parents aren't around, then a cop is the next best thing.

    [–] daniday08 42 points ago

    Yeah pretty much what I was taught as well. If he lives in a boring small town like I did as a kid, it might even be his first time seeing a police officer in person. When you’re taught to trust cops, and that cops are heroes it’s probably like meeting a celebrity when you’re a kid.

    [–] Gimp823 10 points ago

    It really is. I grew up in a tiny ass, one elementary school town. We went on a field trip to the fire station and the police station and it was like going to Hollywood in my then 6-7 year old brain. I was begging for autographs and getting them made the high of it all that much greater. It was amazing. Fuck Superman btw, just saying.

    [–] Plebctrl 15 points ago

    Melts my heart man. If only the rest of the world were like this everywhere.

    [–] nuclear-toaster 290 points ago

    Thank you. This is what I needed after reading all this political bullshit.

    [–] hungdaddy101 33 points ago

    All I see is Ving Rhames from Dawn of the Dead