A shoplifter whose story was so moving that his arresting officer paid for the clothes he’d tried to steal has now got a job as a result.
The 18-year-old was caught trying to steal some clothes for a job interview – a smart shirt, a tie and some socks – from a branch of Walmart in Toronto, Canada.
But when Constable Niran Jeyanesan turned up to arrest him, he felt sorry for him and bought him the clothes instead.
Now the officer has revealed that the young man got the job he went for, and is going to start work next on Monday.
Jeyanesan told Canada’s CP24: ‘He is starting Monday. He told me he actually wore the shirt and the tie – I’m just so happy!’
Last Sunday, the officer said Walmart staff had apprehended the teenager for trying to steal the clothes.
But when Jayanesan turned up, he heard that the young man’s father had fallen ill, and the family had suffered hard times as a result.
‘This young person has been facing his own difficulties in life, and he was looking to straighten out all that by providing for his family and trying to get a job,’ he told the BBC.
‘This individual didn’t have any resources. He wanted to go get that job. That was in his mind. I think he truly made a mistake.’
So, instead of arresting him, the officer bought him the clothes – allowing the teenager to really turn his life around.
And apparently, thanks to ‘some friends who were willing to help out’, the shoplifter’s father is now employed as well.