It is interesting how a misfortune can turn into a blessing. A 31 year old man was caught shoplifting at a Tesco branch in Malaysia. Upon realizing why the thief had turned to crime, the store’s authorities decided not to press charges against the man.
Caught in the act, the thief admitted to his crime and added that he was forced to do so in order to feed his young son. The revelation touched a soft spot in the store’s manager’s system, moving him to give the thief a job.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the shoplifter revealed that he had been forced out of his legal job when his wife fell into a coma during childbirth. The man’s wife is still in hospital. The man was on his way back from hospital with the two-year old son in his arms. Having no money for transport, the man said that he had walked for over an hour carrying his son.
Ravaged by fatigue and pangs of hunger, the man decided to sneak into the store to steal some food for his young son. He had managed to grab some peas, apples and a few bottles of drinks when he was caught by the hypermarket’s security. When brought before the general manager of the store, the unexpected happened. Instead of calling the police, the manager felt deep sympathy for the man and instead gave him a job.
In his 23 years of experience in hypermarkets, the manager had never come across thieves who owned up to their crimes so easily. This was after the man explained that he could not continue working as a contract worker since he had to take care of his ailing wife and their two children. The wife has long since come out of the coma, but she lost the pregnancy.
The shoplifting menace is costing retail stores across the world millions of dollars. Could this be the panacea to this critical challenge? It may not be possible to give jobs to thieves after catching them in the act. But relevant authorities should seriously look into the issue and come up with viable ideas on how to combat crime.
This incident acts to serve as an eye-opener to government authorities. Urgent measures need to be put into place to combat the problem of unemployment. This is because unemployment is a major contributor to the rising cases of crime across the world.
Tesco has not yet decided which job to give to the one-time thief. However, the retail store has given him enough money to cover his expenses as they look around for a job to give him. The man must have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth. This is because most of the thieves caught in the act usually end up in prison.
The man can now rest easy as he waits to start his new job. No longer would he have to go shoplifting again. It is just amazing how a misfortune can turn into a blessing.