Eat, eat, mangia, mangia!
Police officers in Rome became concerned when they responded to an apartment complex in the city to investigate loud crying coming from one apartment.
But they found no crime. Instead elderly couple Jole, 84, and Michele, 94, were inside, upset and lonely over their age and lack of company.
The two explained that they’ve been married almost 70 years, and that they don’t get visitors to the apartment. Sadly, police discovered that the couple had a bare refrigerator and that only a few rotting grapes sat on the kitchen table.
The police called an ambulance to check on the duo’s health then found they were just hungry. The officers stayed to cook them a steaming, homemade meal—bowls of spaghetti with butter and parmesan.
“There is not a crime. Jole and Michele are not victims of scams and no thief entered the house—there is no one to save,” the police wrote on Facebook. “This time, for the boys, there is a more daunting task—two lonely souls who need reassuring. They understand that just a little human warmth will restore tranquility to Jole and Michele.
" It's so much that no one comes by to say hello...It is not always easy, life. Especially when the city is empty and the neighbors are away on vacation. Sometimes the loneliness melts into tears. Sometimes it's like a summer storm. It comes suddenly and overtakes one. Jole and Michele they love each other. But when the loneliness is a burden on the heart, it may happen that they lose hope. Can happen, like this time, that scream so loud in their despair that, in the end, somebody call the state police."
A little human warmth—and spaghetti, did the trick.
"Ask for permission to access the pantry," one cop wrote. "Improvise a little dinner. A Bowl of pasta with butter and cheese. Nothing special. But with a precious ingredient: is there, inside, all their humanity."
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