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7-Eleven owner catches hungry teen shoplifting, offers help instead of calling police

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Toledo, Ohio — A woman who witnessed an act of kindness by the owner of a 7-Eleven store last weekend posted about it on Facebook and it’s since gone viral.

Store owner Jitendra “Jay” Singh tells WTVG Channel 13 he caught a male teen shoplifting from his store and his initial reaction was understandable, asking a clerk to call 911.

As Cedric Bishop’s Facebook post details, Singh asked the teen to empty his pockets, which were filled with “munchies.”

It was here the story took a turn as the teen told Singh he was hungry and was taking the items to feed himself and his brother.

Singh told his clerk to hang up the phone, telling the teen to leave the munchies behind. Instead, he gave the teen pizza, chicken, sandwiches and other more substantial items, free of charge, WTVG reports.

“It’s not going to make any difference to me if I give him some food because we make a lot of food, we sell a lot of food,” said Singh. “If he goes to jail then he’s definitely not going to do anything good in life.”

Singh added that he hopes the teen “pays it forward” with a generous act for someone in the future.

Bishop, who is a regular customer at the 7-Eleven, says in her post she was moved by Singh’s gesture and gave the teen $10.

“People just need to know that someone cares,” Bishop wrote.

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