(Closed) Man rewarded for stealing from coffee shop? What do you think?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What do you think of this situation?
    He commited a crime and should be punished/charged. : (17 votes)
    23 %
    He's probably going through a rough spot and could use some help. : (13 votes)
    18 %
    I think it's nice that the coffee shop is doing this, but I wouldn't. : (20 votes)
    27 %
    The coffee shop is sending the wrong message, but I understand their reasoning. : (23 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
    12247 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    3765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    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
    920 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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
    730 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    3692 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    If you give a man a fish…

    Post # 8
    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    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
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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 # 12
    9681 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @lollygagon:  +1, I agree with this. Maybe he isn’t homeless. Maybe he’s just a jerk who steals. 

    Post # 13
    3194 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @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 # 15
    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @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
    5956 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @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.

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