7-Eleven Store Owner Gives Shoplifting Teenager Free Food

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan
The owner of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Toledo, Ohio, Jitendra Singh was confronted with a sticky situation when one of his employees alerted him to the fact that a teenage boy was stealing snacks in his shop.

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After confirming it via security footage, Jitendra confronted the boy when he approached the front counter, demanding the youngster take out all the stolen merchandise. Apologizing as he removed the snacks from his pockets, the teen explained that he was only stealing the food because he and his brother had no food to eat and were starving.

As an eye witness confirmed, Jitendra responded by telling the cashier (who had the police on the phone) to hang up before turning to the teenager and telling him "This is not food. You want food. I'll give you food." 

Jitendra then made the boy go back and collect pizzas, sandwiches, chicken, fruits and meals in multiple bags from the various aisles in his store - before letting the stunned boy take it all home for free. When the story went viral after an eye-witness described the amazing sequence of events in a Facebook post, Jitendra had the most nonchalant response when asked about it.

"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.”

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Thanks to his decision, the boy who would have surely ended up in jail and had a criminal record for life got a second chance, good food for his starving brother and even an offer to come join the store for work once he becomes eligible. 


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  1. In my United States right now, we are seeing both the best and worst of humanity. I've lost a lot of my faith in humanity but this display of kindness amazed me. Could the boy have been lying? Yet, the store owner did it anyway. I hope this becomes a "pay it forward" situation. Maybe years from now, we'll find out "the rest of the story".

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  2. such a big heart he has. That shoplifter is lucky too, not everyday things like these happen!

  3. Not many would do that I hope someday the young man will pay it back and forward. Nice one.

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  4. I literally got goose- bumps while reading it. Thanks for sharing these real-life episodes. The stories of these empirical heroes will definitely preserve the faith of those,in humanity, who are losing it in the current scenario.

  5. With an act of kindness, Jitendra Singh not only has saved the shoplifter's life from spoiling but also has touched many hearts and taught us a lesson to be kind with the needy.
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  6. Wow! I wish we all believed in this kind of kindness and humanity! This is such a beautiful story!

  7. A small act that saved a person's life or may changed his life. A beautiful story about being kind and empathetic!

  8. It takes a large heart to take a step of this kind. Just lovely.

  9. That is how the world should work!

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