An 85-year-old man has been bowled over by a random act of kindness from two Queensland police officers who helped him finish mowing his lawn on a balmy day amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, it's easy to assume when you see a police officer approaching that you might be unknowingly doing the wrong thing.
A job as straightforward as mowing the lawn has suddenly required much more thought about whether it's necessary – or even legal.
Those are the thoughts that briefly crossed 85-year-old Bill Hardman's mind when two officers jumped out of their vehicle and approached his property in Logan.
"I was mowing the lawn yesterday and it was getting quite hot," he told 9News.
"And all of a sudden this great, big police van pulled alongside, and I was thinking 'what the hell does he want?'
"It was a shock. It was a shock for some of the neighbours too because they were out here having a look, wondering what the police were doing."
But in an act of kindness, the two officers simply offered to finish off the job.
In video posted to social media, two uniformed officers are seen chatting with Mr Hardman before one of them takes over.
"He came over and he said, 'it's too hot for you to be out here mowing the lawn,'" Mr Hardman recalled.
"He said: 'I'd like you to go inside, get a glass of water and stay in there and I'll finish it off for you'.
"I thought that's weird ... but alright. We'll do it. Anything to get out of it."
The other officer then led Mr Hardman back inside and out of the heat on a 28-degree day.
"It was a big help. A great help. He came in at the right time … it was hot yesterday," Mr Hardman said.
Mr Hardman added that he was pleased with the quality of the officer's work.
"He did a very good, quick job," he said.
"It was a really nice kind gesture and it's really saved me a lot of trouble."
It comes as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the launch of the Care Army, which encourages residents to "adopt a senior".
"We know with coronavirus, our most vulnerable people in our community are the most at risk, " Ms Palaszczuk said.
"If we can look after our most vulnerable, we can prevent them from ending up in the hospital or even in ICU.
"We know there's an army of people out there, that are willing to step up to the plate and help our most vulnerable. We want to protect one million seniors."
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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-kindness-queensland-police-officers-stop-to-help-elderly-man-mowing-his-lawn/6152a94d-a8d9-44e9-b55f-aebb55f9f2ce