A grocery store owner sees a boy stealing snacks: instead of calling the police, he offers him healthier food
November 24, 2021
In the face of injustice and people in difficulty, one should open one's heart and show a little kindness rather than resorting to the letter of the law, above all when we are talking about minors. One day, a grocery store owner discovered that a boy who was trying to steal a packet of potato chips. Clearly the man couldn't ignore that behavior and simply asked him: "Do you want me to call the police or will you put back what you are stealing?". The boy's response, however, touched him to such an extent that he made the best decision of his life, which was to offer "real food" to that hungry boy and his little brother.
When you catch a minor in the act of committing a crime, you might think first of all of calling the police, just as if you were dealing with a common criminal. But what are the reasons why a child should steal? A grocery store owner in Ohio, Jitendra "Jay" Singh, quickly scolded the boy for trying to steal snacks right from under his nose. When he threatened to call the police if he didn't return those things, the teenager unexpectedly replied with these words: "I'm stealing for myself because I'm hungry and I'm doing it for my little brother too." The owner, Jay, when faced with those words immediately changed his approach with the boy and invited him to leave behind the unhealthy snacks and gave him "real food".
"It won't make any difference to me if I give him some food because we produce a lot of it, we sell a lot of it" commented the owner during an interview, he also adds: "If he goes to prison, on the other hand, it certainly won't help him get back on his feet".
A witness to the scene shared the moving story on Facebook, which is why the shop owner's kindness quickly went viral and amazed much of the local community. The owner's wife, on the other hand, was not surprised at all because she already knew how good and kind her husband was: "I am really proud of him and of the fact that he has shown his true side. I know him, he is very kind". The wife also added: "We are part of the community and we have to help each other. It is part of our job."