An Ohio store owner was surprised by a teen’s response when he confronted him for stealing over the weekend and felt compelled to help him out.
As WTVG reports, Jitendra “Jay” Singh was informed by an employee that a teen was stealing out of his 7-Eleven store. After reviewing the security footage, the manager confronted the young man.
“He said, ‘I’m stealing for myself. I’m hungry, and I’m doing it for my younger brother.'”
In response, Singh decided to give him some food for free.
As People reports, a bystander provided more details about the encounter on Facebook.
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…
Cedric Bishop wrote:
The cashier had the 911 operator on the phone.The owner told her to hang up. He went and started putting chicken drummies, sausage rolls, and a whole pizza and gave him a 2 liter. I thought that was an amazing thing the owner did. I was so touched I gave the young man $10.
WTVG reports that Singh has been a store owner for five years and likes to help others out when it’s possible. Further, Singh said calling the police would not have helped the teen’s situation.
He told WTVG:
“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. If he goes to jail then he’s definitely not going to do anything good in life.”
However, Bishop remains in awe of the store owner’s kindness.
The witness told WTVG:
“He has a big heart. He has a great, big heart. I thought that was just beautiful because the young man could have had a record.”
Despite onlookers being surprised by Singh’s good deed, Neera Singh, the owner’s wife, was not.
“I’m really proud of him and it is the true self of himself.I know him, he’s very kind.We are part of the community, and we have to help the community. It is a part of our job.”
Singh hopes that the teen will continue to pay the kindness and generosity he experienced forward.