Post # 1
This is an article on Yahoo! about a man stealing from the employee tip jar and, instead of pressing charges, the coffee shop is holding a food drive for him; assuming he must be having a difficult/desperate time. (In hopes that he’d come forward, he hasn’t been identified)
I guess there was a lot of controversy over whether this was a kind act of humanity or rewarding criminals. So I want to know what you all think!
Post # 3
My thought is that he might actually be benefited from jail time, if he’s single or has an addiction issue or mental health issues (if he is, in fact, homeless).
He’s going to get three meals a day and a bed at the very least.
Post # 4
I think it’s an admirable act of forgiveness and kindness on the part of the coffee shop that I personally don’t think I’d be capable of.
Post # 5
Not pressing charges is one thing, but rewarding someone for committing a crime seems completely backwards to me. Wrong is wrong, regardless of why is happened.
I sort of understand what the coffee shop is doing, but I really think they’re sending the wrong message
Post # 6
I think it’s weird that they are doing this without even knowing if he was actually poor and desperate or just a non-needy asshole stealing from a local small business because he felt entitled.
Post # 7
If you give a man a fish…
Post # 8
I mean, I get it, but this guy could be a snobby rich guy who doesn’t have a heart.
His body language says to me he was doing it maliciously, not out of deperation. I don’t buy it (and I certainly wouldn’t reward it!)
Post # 9
I am always amazed by peoples’ lack of empathy for other people. The point is that the coffee shop is trying to raise consciousness about how many people are struggling.
ETA: He is only rewarded if he goes back for the food. By showing the video on the news, they are only embarassing him right now.
Post # 10
I get what they (the coffee shop) are trying to get across, but I think this is the wrong circumstance to use. I don’t think this guy was desperate in a stealing-a-loaf-of-bread-for-his-family situation. I think he saw an opportunity, easily accessible cash, and went for it.
I really don’t have sympathy for him no matter how hard the times are. I have sympathy for the workers he stole from who are doing what is most likely a low paying job with little to no benefits to support THEIR families.
Post # 11
@MrsTVLover: “He is only rewarded if he goes back for the food.” <– That’s true! I hope he doesn’t and the food goes to someone who really does need it.
I know I’m being judgemental but petty theft like this really irks me. And I agree with @lollygagon: that you don’t HAVE to press charges, but I don’t think you need to reach out to him either.
Post # 12
@lollygagon: +1, I agree with this. Maybe he isn’t homeless. Maybe he’s just a jerk who steals.
Post # 13
@ValerieBee03: to be completely honest, he’s probably just an ass hole that stole from the tip jar. he doesn’t look down on his luck and homeless to the point of needing a food drive. he looks like a thief.
i’m from a city with lots of homeless folks, and let me tell you, not once have i ever seen any of them even walk up to the counter in a starbucks or other shop, much less put their hand in the tip jar. a thief is a thief.
Post # 14
@TwoStatesBride: I totally agree! I’ve seen plenty of homeless people begging, but not stealing. I think this guy just saw an easy opportunity for money and took it.
Post # 15
@ValerieBee03: I am on the fence. He would have to go back to get the food which he would only do if he needed it. So, you’re not rewarding the man who stole it if he doesn’t come back. It sends the message, “The only reason I can come up with for you stealing our tips is you’re homeless and need food… otherwise you’re a dick and I hope someone else finds out and you feel bad.”
Post # 16
@ValerieBee03: I think the food drive is a great idea, I hope they get plenty of donations and provide them to the local food bank or mission…sticky fingers can go get his beefaroni there.