two South Carolina The teens shoplifted from a store in a Greenville strip mall, but the company chose to turn the incident into an educational opportunity and opportunity to give back to the community rather than press charges against the shoplifters.
Greenville police caught the teenage boys on surveillance video March 13 stealing from the Palmetto Moon at Haywood Mall.
But Amber Doby, president of Palmetto Moon, said that when the clothing store learned the shoplifters were teenagers, they wanted to work with families to solve the problem without pressing charges. As a result, the boys will work at Palmetto Moon.
“I think this is a situation where teens do stupid things, and we know that,” Doby told Fox Carolina. “So I think it’s important for us to think about what they’ve done and really judge the merits of who they are and what they can contribute to society.”
Dobby said that the parents of the teens were deeply involved in finding a solution to the theft and that the boys went back to the store to return the stolen items, apologize and pay for the items.
“These kids are smart kids, they’re athletic, and they have a strong future,” she said. “So we wanted to make sure they learned a lesson, that they were accountable for their actions, and we felt that was the best way for them to learn their lesson as well as give back to the community.”
The teens will work in the back of the Palmetto Moon to see what the workers do to set up the shop for customers. The boys will donate the wages they receive to Greenville Police Department You will also do volunteer work for the agency.
“I really hope this is a message of community, of giving back, of a partnership in co-parenting,” said Dube. “I hope this message really resonates with the community to say, we are all in this together, and we can make our communities so much better and more positive.”