What This 7-Eleven Owner Did When He Caught a Young Thief Is Truly Inspiring

Jitendra “Jay” Singh is the owner of a 7-Eleven in Toledo, Ohio.

He was in his store’s back office when an employee notified him that it appeared someone was trying to shoplift, according to a local ABC affiliate report. He watched the security footage, and it was clear there was a person pocketing items in the store.

He initially told an employee to call 911. But then he asked them to hold off. He wanted to talk.

When Singh approached the would-be shoplifter, the teenage boy immediately offered to put back the products.

“He said, ‘Oh, I’ll put it back.’ I said ‘No, put everything on the counter. I want to see all the things that you have,’” Singh told CBS News.

As the teen pulled out the products, Singh couldn’t help but notice it was all food. He asked the teen why he was stealing from him.

“He said, ‘I’m hungry. I’m stealing it for myself and my younger brother,’” Singh told CBS News.

Singh knew at that point what he had to do.

“I said you need food? I’ll give you food. That’s not a problem,” Singh said.

He told the teen to load up on sandwiches, pizza and other food — all free of charge.

The story went viral after witness Cedric Bishop wrote about the interaction on his Facebook.

Cedric Bishop's Facebook post: facebook.com/cedric.bishop.37/posts/2223126374419079

Credit: Cedric Bishop via Facebook

“There was over 1,000 shares. Brought tears to my eyes honestly,” Bishop told CBS News.

According to Bishop, who is a regular customer at this 7-Eleven, Singh’s warm spirit isn’t anything new.

“He has a great, big heart,” Bishop told the local ABC affiliate. “… I thought that was just beautiful because the young man could have had a record.”

Singh’s act of kindness spread like wildfire on the internet, with local and national news taking an interest in the story. In a world so dominated by negative, hateful events, it is refreshing to see generosity on the front page.

But why did Singh go out of his way to do this good deed?

“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,” Singh told the local ABC affiliate. “If he goes to jail then he’s definitely not going to do anything good in life.”

As for what Singh expects from the teenager he helped? He just hopes the teen can pay it forward someday down the road.

Photo credit: Flickr/Lukas Koster

55 comments

Michael F

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson29 days ago

Thank you.

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Leanne K
Leanne Kabout a month ago

A very remarkable response. Good on you Mr Singh

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Leanne K
Leanne Kabout a month ago

This young man who was caught shoplifting is called a thief. Its viewed as doing a bad thing. Pity Americans don’t view ridiculously low minimum wage, piddly social security, food stamps and no Medicare as being bad . In essence you are starving your own citizens to the point they have to steal. I’m sure that’s the case for many

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Marija M
Marija Mohoricabout a month ago

tks

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kabout a month ago

Many thanks to you !

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Dr. Jan Hill
Dr. Jan Hillabout a month ago

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Rosslyn O
Rosslyn Oabout a month ago

Please accept my apology for the missing letters in this post. we all-not well: world --not wold: event -not even.

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