Yahoo! Shine is reporting on the compelling story of Jessica Eaves who said she was food shopping at the time of the incident.
“I saw this gentleman down the aisle from me,” she said. “He walked behind me, and when I got a couple of aisles over, I realized my wallet was gone.”
Instead of calling police, she spotted him in a crowded aisle a few minutes later and went up to him. “I said to him, ‘I think you have something of mine. I’m gonna give you a choice: You can either give me my wallet and I’ll forgive you right now, and I’ll even take you to the front and pay for your groceries.’”
His other choice was to be handed over to the police.
“He reached into his hoodie pocket and gave me my wallet,” she said. “He started crying when we walked up to the front. He said he was sorry about 20 times by the time we went from the pickle aisle to the front. He told me he was desperate.”
She bought him $27 worth of groceries which consisted of milk, bread, bologna, crackers, soup and cheese.
“The last thing he said was, ‘I’ll never forget tonight. I’m broke, I have kids, I’m embarrassed and I’m sorry,'” she later recalled.
“Some people are critical because I didn’t turn him in, but sometimes all you need is a second chance.”
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