As a rookie(新手) in the Atlantic City Police department, I was assigned(指派) to walk around the streets. Everyday I meet some children who had become separated from(分离) his parents or lost their way.
One afternoon, I saw a small boy standing alone, obviously(显然地) lost. I tried to gain his confidence(信任) - I took him to the nearest ice-cream shop and bought him a box of ice cream. But for a long time the boy's parents didn't come up. So I want to call for a patrol car to take him to police station. I told the small boy to stay while I went to the call box. When I returned, he was not there.
Within minutes, the car arrived, and one of the policemen asked me where the child was. I felt stupid; it's humiliating(丢人的) to say you've lost a lost child. But I told the officers what had happened and gave a description(描述) of the boy. "What did you treat him?" asked one of the men.
"A box of ice-cream. Why?"
"Because," answered the officer, "that kid lives only a few blocks(节区) from here, and you are the fifth one to buy him ice-cream!"