Thursday, December 3, 2009


Saw this story today on Good Morning America.
An amazing act of forgiveness. I think the average person would have only felt fear and anger at this heated moment.

Back in May 2009...

N.Y. store owner gives would-be thief lecture, $40, bread
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — A Long Island convenience store owner confronted by a bat-wielding would-be robber said Tuesday he decided to show mercy on the man after he collapsed in tears claiming he was only committing the crime to support his starving family.

Instead of getting loot from a stickup, the store owner provided the man with $40 and a loaf of bread, but only if he promised never to rob again.

Update from Good Morning America: 6 months later, the store owner received a letter from the would-be robber stating that he has turned his life around, found a job, had a child and he owes it to the store owners actions. He also included $50 to repay the store!


Helga said...

Wow, that's amazing!

Yaya' s Changing World said...

Thank you for posting about this. I had heard the story, but I had not learned of the update. Great follow-up for the Christmas season.

~ Yaya
Yaya's Home

Beth P. said...

That is an amazing story. What an incredible feeling of joy that store owner must've felt.