Christmas Shoplifter Makes Lasting Impression On Employee
Noelle Talmon 1/2/2018
Christmas is usually a joyous time of year, but for some people it can be difficult. Melanie Wilson knows that the holidays are a busy and stressful time, especially for those working long hours in retail.
She was at the end of her shift on Christmas Eve when she was notified that a customer was shoplifting. She spotted him trying to leave the store, and it was obvious he had stolen some items because the pockets of his pants and sweatshirt were bulging.
Melanie went outside and asked him not to leave. She followed him to his truck and attempted to take a picture of his license plate before he got away. Melanie told him she would call the police if he didn't return the merchandise.
The man said he would give the items back if she didn't call the authorities. His only request was that the transfer was done privately so it would cause him the least amount of embarrassment. Feeling a bit of the Christmas spirit, Melanie agreed to leave the police out of it.
The pair returned to the store, and the man started emptying his pockets. Melanie was stunned. She couldn't believe what he had taken. She explained:
"He pulled out toys and candy and Christmas items and bows and tape and a couple little decorations."
She asked him if the items were for his family. He replied:
"Yeah, I don't have any money to get them anything."
He revealed that he had two children and was also taking care of his nephew.
As he proceeded to place all of the merchandise into two baskets, Melanie made a decision. She took him to the cashier and paid for each and every item. She told the man, whose name was Shawn:
"I'm going to get this stuff for you because I don't want you to go to jail on Christmas Eve."
Melanie spent about $75 on Shawn, who was completely unprepared for what had just happened to him. He was overcome with emotion by Melanie's generosity.
Then another customer in line offered to supply Shawn with anything else he needed from the store.
Melanie was so concerned about the man and his family that she also gave him a $25 Walmart gift card she had been saving for a friend.
After the incident, Melanie left work and sat in her car to digest what had just happened. She decided to tell the story and post it on Facebook as a reminder that God works in mysterious ways.
She said the moment changed her life and reaffirmed her belief in a higher power:
"I don't want anyone to tell me there is no God. There is a God, and he works in the most amazing ways. And He has touched me today. I'm not even a real religious person, but you can feel it in your heart, that's all there is to it. You feel it in your heart. Merry Christmas."
Watch the emotional video below: