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Policeman spends last day giving gift cards, instead of tickets, to community

"The citizens and city have been wonderful to me," said Brian Peters. "I am very blessed so it feels good to always give back."
/ Source: TODAY

Commander Brian Peters wanted to give back to a community that has done so much for him, so he spent his last day as a police officer handing out gift cards.

Peters, 42, has been with the police force in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, for 14 years now.

“The citizens and city have been wonderful to me. I am very blessed so it feels good to always give back,” Peters told NBC affiliate KARE.


He purchased gift cards from Target and Cub Foods valued at $500, which is what he makes in a day’s work, and passed them out to people he thought would appreciate it most.

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“I am just looking for anyone that may be coming in with kids and surprise them with an extra $50 to get some groceries,” Peters said.

It took him two and a half hours to give away all 10 gift cards, but it was worth it to see people smile. He even received a few gracious hugs.

Peters surprised Shaundra Lindsay and three of her children at a metro stop. Lindsay was scared at first, but now feels blessed to have met him.

He also gave a man a $50 gift card to get ingredients to make his girlfriend dinner, and another to a mother of four, Gadeh Fahnbulleh, at a nearby laundry mat, who had a newborn sleeping in the car outside.

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“Thank you so much and congratulations,” Fahnbulleh told Peters. “I wish you a better life. This is my lucky day. This is going to help a lot.”

Peters has accepted a new role as manager of Target’s global crisis center in Minnesota and will continue to give back to the community.