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Toronto police were called to a Walmart Sunday night to apprehend an 18 year-old man accused of shoplifting some clothes. Once the officers heard the man’s story, however, they let him off without charging him and even purchased the items he was attempting to steal.

The young man had a job interview scheduled for the next day and with no other means to get professional clothes for the occasion, he resorted to shoplifting a dress shirt, tie and socks. Constable Niran Jeyanesan and his partner responded to the call and rather than charge the man with theft, they let him off. Afterwards, Jeyanesan purchased the clothing items with his own money and gave them to the man so he could go to his interview. Because sometimes a second chance is exactly what somebody needs.

‘This young person has been facing his own difficulty in life and he was looking to straighten all that by providing for his family and trying to get a job,’ Jeyanesan told CTV, ‘Having a conversation with him, he didn’t have any resources, any other way to go about this. I think he really wanted to attend that interview.’

The constable is being praised for his act of kindness and understanding. Talk about community policing.

With the tensions surrounding police presence, it is encouraging to see stories like this one where they make judgement calls that can change lives for the better. While some may be critical of these officers for letting a shoplifter go free, even their superiors at the police department were supportive of the decision.

‘I think the officer did a fantastic job. He exercised his discretion, definitely showed some humanity in dealing with this particular individual,’ Staff Sgt. Paul Bois said of the situation, ‘And I think collectively, that’s why we are all here doing this job. We need to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I think he did.’

The story made national news. What a sweet way to end a long weekend.

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