Store owner gives would-be robber $40 and a loaf of 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.
“This was a grown man, crying like a baby,” Mohammad Sohail, owner of the Shirley Express convenience store about 65 miles east of New York City, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
A little mercy in a mad world thought the would-be robber shouldn’t have decided to commit a crime. Hopefully, he doesn’t do it again.