Jitendra Singh was managing his 7-Eleven store in Toledo, Ohio when his staff alerted him to a suspicious young boy.
Apparently, the boy has been caught on the surveillance camera stealing snacks as he sneaked around the aisled trying to avoid getting caught.
When Singh confronted the young boy a moment later, he prompted the boy to confess and hand over the snacks or he would call the police.
“Do you want me to call the cops or will you take it out?” Sing confronted the boy.
He was expecting an apology from the scared boy but he never expected to hear what the boy would say to him next.
“He said, ‘I’m stealing for myself. I’m hungry, and I’m doing it for my younger brother,’” the boy said to Singh.
At that moment, Singh realized there was nothing good for him to call the police. What was important at the time was to actually help the boy.
He then told the boy to take as many food; pizzas, chicken, sandwiches, fruits, and meals from the aisles as many as he needed for him and his younger brother. All 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 told WTVG.
“If he goes to jail then he’s definitely not going to do anything good in life.”
Cedric Bishop who was there at the convenience store during the heartwarming incident later shared the story on his social media account and said how impressed he was by Singh’s compassion and generosity.
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…
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“The cashier had the 911 operator on the phone and the owner told her to hang up, the owner [then told the teen] ‘This is not food. You want food, I’ll give you food.’” Cedric wrote.
Cedric (on the far right) who also donated $10 to the boy added, “I thought that was an amazing thing the owner did, some young people just need to know that someone cares.”
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Singh’s kindness is exactly what we should take an example of how we can help each other better. One thing for sure, he did that not because of the praises but because it was the right thing to do.