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!
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.
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.
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.
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.