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7-Eleven Owner Catches Shoplifter, then Sends Him Home with Free Food

Touching act of generosity is going viral after being caught on camera.


A touching story out of Toledo, OH. A teen was stopped shoplifting from a 7-11 convenience store, but instead of the calling the cops, the owner sent him home with bags full of free food.

Jitendra "Jay" Singh owns the convenience store. He says he was alerted by one of his clerks that the teenager was shoving snack foods into his pockets.

Singh confronted the boy and asked him to empty his pockets.

Store owner Jay Singh

"He said, 'I'm stealing for myself. I'm hungry, and I'm doing it for my younger brother,'" Singh told WTVG.

Cedric Bishop, a regular customer at the store, saw the whole thing, and posted about it on Facebook. He says Singh told the teen that the snacks weren't real food, then told him to go pick out sandwiches, a whole pizza and other items. Bishop says he also handed the boy $10 on his way out.

Singh says it just made more sense to help the teen than to get the police involved.

"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," said Singh. "If he goes to jail then he's definitely not going to do anything good in life."

Singh says he was happy to help, and he just hopes the teen repays the generosity to somebody else down the road.

You can click here to see surveillance video of the whole interaction .

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