Not everything is what it seems.
After the owners of Buddy’s Small Lots in New Jersey got a call about a break-in at the store, they reviewed the surveillance footage to see who the culprits were.
But they were in for a surprise. The “culprits” were actually three teenagers who were doing a little shopping in the neighborhood and wanted to purchase items from the store, which had been left open due to a malfunctioning lock.
After walking around looking for a clerk and waving at the security cameras, the four high school football players left cash on the counter, including sales tax, for the items they purchased.
“I think it’s terrific that there are still people out there with moral character not to do the wrong thing when they easily could,” said Marci Lederman with the store.
The owners of the store were so surprised that they went searching for the boys to thank them. They promised the teens gift certificates in exchange for their good deed.
The teens said they didn’t think they did anything special, and that they left cash on the counter because they had to get back to practice. Kelle Gallimore, who was seen on the cameras waving a dollar bill around before laying it on the store’s counter, said he was surprised by the attention.
“Soon as I went on my laptop it was right there, front page,” he said. “I was smiling because I was, like, world famous.”
Appearing on a morning show after the incident, another teen replied:
“Not everyone is a thief.”
And he’s right. We’re just disappointed with the media coverage that has called these young men “accidental burglars,” or the people who would expect a group of young men to rob the place.