On Saturday night at a 7-Eleven in Toledo, Ohio, store owner Jay Singh spotted someone who made him suspicious. He saw a young man standing at odd angles, trying to put things in his pockets without being noticed, and after informing a clerk to phone 911 he went to confront the would be thief.
Upon the confrontation the boy offered to put everything back, but instead Singh instructed him to put everything on the counter and explain why he was stealing. The answer was because he was hungry, he was stealing food for himself and his younger brother. “You need food? I’ll give you food. That’s not a problem,” Singh said. So he did, filling a bag with food for free and waving off the 911 call. Singh said there was no point in getting the young thief arrested as it would go on his record and possibly stop him from getting a job and fixing his hunger problem.
Why would a store owner not only let a would be thief off without punishing his crime, but also gift him food? “It’s basically our Indian culture that if you give food to a hungry person, that’s considered like God will bless you for that,” Singh said.
Compassion is one of the strongest forms Love can take. So remember that the next time someone wrongs you, or even attempts to wrong you, that compassion should be your first response. Don’t let anger blind you to the love God asks us to show each other.
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