It can be easy to jump to conclusions without knowing an individual’s situation. Sometimes what seems like a suspicious act may actually have the purest of intentions. This is why one store owner in Toledo, Ohio is receiving praise for his kind actions towards a hungry shoplifter.
On Saturday night, 7-11 store owner Jay Singh noticed a customer acting suspiciously.
When one of his clerks witnessed the shopper pocketing items from their store, Jay instructed the employee to call 911 and proceeded to confront the young man.
“He said, ‘Oh, I’ll put it back.’ I said ‘No, put everything on the counter. I want to see all the things that you have,'” Singh recalled.
Singh wanted to know why the teen was stealing and his response was unexpected.
“He said, ‘I’m hungry. I’m stealing it for myself and my younger brother.’ I said you need food? I’ll give you food. That’s not a problem,” the store owner said.
Instead of having him arrested, Singh helped the hungry young man fill a bag with pizza and sandwiches—free of charge.
“It’s not going to make any difference to me if I give him some food, because we make a lot of food. We sell a lot of food,” Singh said. “If he goes to jail, then he’s definitely not going to do anything good in life.”
Another customer took notice of Singh’s kindness and shared his thoughts in a Facebook post that has since been liked more than 2,000 times.
I WENT TO THE 7 – ELEVEN STORE ON UPTON AND BERDAN AND A YOUNG MAN AROUND 15 OR 16 WAS CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING. THE OWNER OF…
Singh says helping the young man was just part of his culture.
“It’s basically our Indian culture that if you give food to a hungry person, that’s considered like God will bless you for that,” he said.
And people loved the story.