Man buys comedian his groceries and apologises for police brutality and racism


When Sampson McCormick went to the grocery store he wasn't expecting a stranger to pay for them for him.

But that's exactly what happened when an elderly white gentleman offered to pay for Sampson's shop and told him: "Black lives do matter."

I was at the grocery store today and... - Sampson McCormick | Facebook

"I was in the grocery store, picking up a few snacks, a little food for that night to take back before I went back home to my office," said Sampson, a stand-up comedian.

"This gentleman, who I'd walked past a couple times in the store, ended up behind me and struck up a conversation. Some tense protests about the police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling had occurred in Oakland, and he asked me how I felt about it."

After talking about police brutality and how black people were treated in America, the man paid for Sampson's groceries.

Sampson McCormick

"As I was handing the cashier my money he pushed my money back into my hand, and said 'Let me pay for your things. It's the least I can do to show you I care.' I was kind of put off, wasn't expecting it. He handed me the receipt, bumped my fist and said 'Black Lives Do Matter.'"

"We walked out and had a great conversation in the parking lot," said Sampson.

Sampson holding a Black Lives Matter sign

"I told him I was taking the picture, and I was going to put it online, he said 'Oh no, you don't have to do that.' I did it anyway, because it was an act of love.

"Love still exists in the world and people need to know."