Usually we won't share battles between groups on social media, just because that's not our thing, but I feel the need to share this interaction because of the lessons we can all learn from it.

Too often today, we jump down each other's throats about the littlest things before we know anything about the situation. It's gotten worse with social media, because we've started to take everything we see on the internet as fact, and pile on with the guys.

We chase followers instead of friends. Likes, Loves and Shares have become a currency that we value more than truth, more than decency. It's a currency that we all are guilty of valuing, a currency we all measure ourselves by, and we don't care what burns down to get there. All for a currency that doesn't even translate into real life. You might have 150,000 "likes" on a Facebook post, but you're still working a job you hate, for less money than you should earn.

It started as a social media post from a guy named Matt, who saw a police car outside of a Circle K. When he looked inside, the officer was behind the register, tagging some merchandise with price tags.

Assuming the worst, Matt posted a photo to Facebook, calling out the department about their officer doing something they shouldn't, or so they thought.

"Here's your tax dollars hard at work in Hodgenville, Ky. Whoever drives Unit #133 is placing price tags on merchandise behind the register."

To explain the situation, Hodgenville Police Department Chief Richardson shared a screenshot of the post on Facebook. He said that he appreciated the post.

I was just made aware of this circulating Facebook. I want to thank Mr. Thompson for sharing. Officer Sherrard’s mother works at Circle K. With the amount of overtime we have had to put in to maintain 24/7 coverage, he stopped by to say hi and helped her for a few minutes while he was at work.
I have zero problem with this. HPD promotes a family atmosphere and I encourage our officers to spend as much time with their loved ones as possible. Officer Sherrard has earned the right to stop by and see his mom for a few minutes after the amount of time he has spent on the job the past two weeks. He is still ready to respond to calls regardless.
Of course, this prompted the original post to gain comments defending the police, calling out Matt for his posting of the officer without knowing the story. I don't agree with this either, but it was shortly after Chief Richardson's post that Matt issued an apology in the form of another post.
"I would like to make a public apology to the Hodgenville Police Department and to Officer Sherrard for my post the other day. I was out of line. I am truly sorry. We all have bad days. This was one of mine. God bless all y'all."

Chief Richardson shared a screenshot of his post to update the police department's followers, as well as say that the apology was accepted.

Officer Sherrard commented on the post to say that it's no big deal, and that he accepted the apology.

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There's a few valuable lesson to be learned here:

THINK. BEFORE. YOU. MAKE. ASSUMPTIONS.

THINK. BEFORE. YOU. POST.

THINK.

Really, if we all just used our brains a little more than we have been recently, we'd all be a little bit happier, and a little bit closer with each other.

As a kid, my dad drove me through a neighborhood looking at some homes that were bigger and better than where we lived.

"I hope it burns down," I said about a particularly big house.

My dad hit the brakes and skidded to a stop.

"If his house burns down, ours doesn't get bigger," my dad said. "We'd still go home to our house. If you think his house is too big, go knock on the door and ask him how he did it. He'll tell you he worked his butt off for it."

If we just stopped trying to tear down everything we didn't like, or didn't agree with, or didn't have, and worked to make ourselves better in general, this would be a better place for all of us.

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Quad City Area Home With Waterslide, Stage & More Selling For $2.5 Million

This gorgeous home for sale is just an hour away from the Quad Cities. Located at 26960 Sieverding Ridge in Bellevue, IA, this beautiful home is what the realtor is calling "an entertainers dream". It has 4 bedrooms, 3.75 bathrooms, a 4 car garage, an in ground pool with a 97 foot waterslide, a full lodge with a bar and stage, and so much more. This is the listing of the house, according to the Dubuque Area For Sale By Owner website.

This property has a 4,499 square foot house, a detached lodge with full bar and garage/workspace/shop, and an in ground fiberglass pool with a 97 foot water slide and pool house .

This gorgeous home is located in the country and is just 2 minutes away from homey, beautiful, Bellevue, Iowa. 

It features many custom upgrades including, but not limited too:
  • All brick home
  • Granite countertops including 2 islands in the main kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Beverage cooler
  • Maple and bamboo hardwood floors
  • 2 fireplaces
  • Large master suite
  • Walk-in closets
  • Full kitchen in the basement
  • 3 dishwashers
  • Large walk in pantry
  • Large dining room area
  • 2 laundry rooms
  • Forced air heat and central air
  • Mud room/ locker area off the garage
  • Office
  • Large windows that allows natural lighting.

The property also includes a detached garage/lodge/bar/shop area that 3,440 square foot and all brick. The garage/lodge also has many customs upgrades including, but not limited too:
  • Full kitchen with granite countertops
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Living and dining area
  • Full bathroom
  • Storage area that is currently used as a hunting lodge
  • Forced air heat and central air
  • Full bar entertainment area with stage that seats 50 plus people
  • Additional garage area that can used for multiple purposes including shop area, boat storage, etc. 

And of course this home has a gorgeous in ground pool and gorgeous outdoor space. The in ground fiberglass pool is salt water and 16' x 40' and a kiddie pool/ tanning ledge that is 8' x 16' and an automatic pool cover. The pool also includes a basketball hoop. A large concrete deck overlooks the pool area where the 97 foot water slide begins. 

There is a pool house too that includes a half bathroom, storage area, pool equipment room, full bar with ice machine, beverage coolers, stainless steel sinks, and concrete bar. A large built in pergola sits on the tanning deck which provides cooling shade. The pool is surrounded by concrete that creates space for many entertainment options. 

See what this gorgeous, $2.5 million home in Bellevue, IA looks like below!