After suffering a robbery, a restaurant owner put aside his anger and was able to find forgiveness in his heart for the man who stole from him.

Kevin Scott, the owner of Mr. Seafood #1 in Columbia, South Carolina, found the thief who robbed his seafood joint overnight on January 13. But instead of calling the cops Scott posed with the suspect on Facebook.

Unfortunately we got hit,Fortunately no one was hurt! WE WILL BE CLOSED TODAY!

Posted by Mr.Seafood#1 on Sunday, January 13, 2019

Last Sunday, Scott told restaurant patrons that Mr. Seafood had to close for the day because the restaurant “got hit” over the weekend.

WBRC reports, neighbors helped identify the man caught on surveillance video breaking into the business.

However, before the owner decided to press charges against the suspect, he spoke with him first.

Posted by Mr.Seafood#1 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

He told the station:

“God inspired me.

I talked to the guy and he said he did it to feed his family, and his story didn’t seem dishonest to me.”

Scott said the man apologized and offered to work to pay off what he stole.

Posted by Mr.Seafood#1 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The owner met the burglar at the restaurant and later posted a photo of himself embracing the man on Facebook and wrote:

Forgiveness is better.

After undergoing the upsetting ordeal, some locals praised him for his decision to not press charges and commended Scott for sharing his story of forgiveness.

Posted by Mr.Seafood#1 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

One person commented:

It takes a special type of person to display this level of humility in a situation like this. I pray many blessings and much success to you and your business. I wish the same to the young man because through you he will learn [deference] and what it takes to be earnest and hardworking; through you, he has another chance to make the right choice.

Scott eventually reported the incident to police and told officers he wouldn’t be filing criminal charges against the unnamed suspect.

No one was hurt in the robbery.

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6 Replies to “After Restaurant Owner Learned Who Robbed His Business, He Made the Choice to Forgive Instead of Calling the Cops”

  • Sk’jai 2 years ago

    This fiend needs his ass stomped!!
    Look at him ain’t no good in him! He’s going to rob again and maybe hurt someone!
    Thumbs down to his life!!!

    • Robert Miles 2 years ago

      Would you prefer that he has no job and therefore no way to feed his family except robbing again?

  • Chrissy 2 years ago

    A good story with a great example of what we need to unite our nation. @Sk’jai, you don’t know all the facts. If the man wronged can forgive him what right do any of us have to pass judgement. I was thrilled to read this story and get a feeling of hope.

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  • Jodi Gagnon 2 years ago

    They are kids, natural not hollywood. Educate yourself negative people! It would take hours to prep children to pose! They look natural not “hollywood” shame on you!! I was taught….When you pick up your kids from daycare and they look clean, they did not play and have fun. When they look disheveled they had fun and played. Plus kids like to pick out their own clothes and they look great!

  • Dianna Amberg 2 years ago

    Amazing story!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing and forgiving the young man. I hope that many look at the choice you made, and replicate it in their own lives. May you have success beyond your imagination.

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