Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Restoring Your Faith In Your Fellow Man, One Story At A Time...

#1 Blogdaughter sends in this story about lessons learned, and people behaving admirably when they plain didn't have to.

Woman buys thief groceries after he steals her wallet
An Oklahoma woman is being credited for a novel approach to retrieving her stolen wallet.

Jessica Eaves told Yahoo! Shine she was at her local grocery when, “I saw this gentleman down the aisle from me. He walked behind me, and when I got a couple of aisles over, I realized my wallet was gone."
She eventually ran into the man and confronted him. He admitted to taking her wallet, handed it over, and began apologizing profusely. She responded by forgiving him and buying him some groceries. Instead of calling the police and punishing him through the legal channels, she appealed to his good side and apparently got through to him. If the lesson sticks, he'll never stray from the righteous side again.

Now, some are saying she should have called the cops anyways. That's a tough call to make, not having been there and seeing the person responsible. Maybe he did con her and wound up with free groceries, but I'm guessing that where the dude didn't leave the store or make any attempt to hide/get away that this really was a crime of desperation.

Kudos to you, Mrs. Eaves - let's hope this is a lesson learned.

That is all.


Old NFO said...

Excellent point, but it IS hard to sort the scammers from the real needy...

Dave H said...

Ms. Eaves did a good thing and her karma (or however her score is kept) will reflect it, regardless of whether the crook was genuinely repentant or not.

When beggars approach me, if possible I'll offer to give them food instead of money. I figure that way I'm not directly enabling a drug or alcohol habit.

Weer'd Beard said...

IT is a great story.

Still Most pan-handlers will get nasty if you offer to feed them.

My Old boss had a story where she was going into a Dunkin' Donuts to get her morning coffee when a panhandler requested cash to get some food.

She told him she only had her debit card, but he was more than welcome to come in with her and pick out whatever he wanted on her tab.

She got called some REALLY nasty names for that charity.