Jitendra Singh was working in the back office of his 7-Eleven store when an employee told him that a teenager was acting suspiciously. Singh reviewed the security camera footage and noticed the teen was trying to shoplift candy. When confronted, the teen admitted he was starving and that he was trying to feed his little brother.
Initially, Singh threatened to call the authorities on the shoplifting teen, telling him to return the items he pocketed to keep him from calling the cops.
The teen pulled some candy from his pocket and told Singh, according to a report by ABC 13, “I’m stealing for myself. I’m hungry, and I’m doing it for my younger brother.”
Singh, who has owned the Toledo, Ohio, 7-Eleven location for five years, replied, “Well that’s not food. You’re stealing gum and candies. That’s just something for munching.”
“If you’re hungry, ask me,” he continued. “I’ll give you food.”
Employees of the store had contacted the police while the incident was taking place, but Singh told them to get off the phone. Then, he went through the store and collected some food, giving it to the teen for free.
Singh gave the teenager “chicken drummies, sausage rolls, and a whole pizza,” according to Cedric Bishop, a regular customer of the store who was present during the incident.
“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 stated. “If he goes to jail then he’s definitely not going to do anything good in life.”
Bishop shared details about Singh’s good deed on Facebook. In the post, he said, “I thought that was an amazing thing the owner did.”
“I was so touched I gave the young man $10,” Bishop added. “Some people just need to know that someone cares.”
The post received over 5,500 reactions and has been shared more than 2,100 times.