Have you ever had your wallet or purse stolen? It’s a huge hassle and can take months to straighten everything back out. You have to get a new driver’s license, cancel and re-issue all of your credit cards, report the theft to the police, monitor your credit, and hope that the thief only cared about the $13.00 and change and not selling your identity to the highest bidder. It’s stressful, and on a Tuesday afternoon, it’s not something that you want to be worrying about when you’re just trying to pick up a few groceries after work. This woman was lucky, but her reaction shocked everyone.
Jessica Eaves from Guthrie, Oklahoma recently had her wallet stolen by a man while she was grocery shopping. Most people in that situation would immediately get the authorities involved, but she found a way to resolve her problem herself.
“I saw this gentleman down the aisle from me,” Jessica tells us. “He walked behind me, and when I got a couple of aisles over, I realized my wallet was gone.”
“I spotted him in a crowded aisle and approached him,” she continues. “I’m a pretty out-there personality, but I was quiet and calm.”
“I said to him, ‘I think you have something of mine. I’m gonna give you a choice. You can either give me my wallet and I’ll forgive you right now, and I’ll even take you to the front and pay for your groceries.”
The alternative? Jessica reporting him to the police.
“He reached into his hoodie pocket and gave me my wallet,” she recalls, adding that the man was extremely grateful for her help and forgiveness.
“He started crying when we walked up to the front,” she says. “He said he was sorry about 20 times by the time we went from the pickle aisle to the front. He told me he was desperate.”
She spent $27 on his groceries, which included milk, bread, bologna, crackers, soup and cheese. “The last thing he said was, ‘I’ll never forget tonight. I’m broke, I have kids, I’m embarrassed and I’m sorry.'”
“Some people are critical because I didn’t turn him in, but sometimes all you need is a second chance,” says Jessica.
She adds, “My brother and I lost my dad to suicide when I was seven, and I remember him telling me years ago that no matter what I become in life, to always, always be kind.”
This woman is incredible. I don’t think I would have handled this situation as calmly as she did! I would have definitely gotten an employee involved before confronting him. Jessica’s kindness opened my eyes just a little bit more. You never know who is in trouble or who needs just a little bit of support during the hard times. Hopefully this man was able to get the assistance that he needed for his children and can leave the world of thievery behind him.
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