When Constable Niran Jeyanesan and his partner were called to a Toronto Walmart to deal with a shoplifter, they probably didn’t expect to end up helping the perpetrator get a job.
And they surely didn’t expect to end up buying the items he was trying to steal.
But, as reported by CP24, that’s exactly what happened.
On arriving at the store, they were introduced to an 18-year-old man who had been apprehended by the loss prevention officer on duty.
The young man had been caught stealing a dress shirt, tie, and socks.
As Jeyanesan spoke to him, it became clear why; he needed the items for an upcoming job interview.
The constable assessed his options and made a decision.
It was a decision that placed giving a second chance over making life even more difficult for someone already struggling.
“This young person has been facing his own difficulties in life and he was looking to straighten out all that by providing for his family and trying to get a job,” Jeyanesan explained.
With all this in mind, Jeyanesan released the man without charge… and then bought the shirt and tie for him.
“This individual didn’t have any resources,” added Jeyanesan.
“He wanted to go get that job. That was in his mind. I think he truly made a mistake.”
Jeyanesan’s staff sergeant praised his actions, telling the BBC that “arresting him wouldn’t have been in the best interests of anyone.
“I reacted very positively to the news; all issues were resolved by the action the officer took. It reiterates our goal of being positive role models in the community.”
Whether the man was successful in his job interview or not is unclear at the time of writing, but stranger things have happened; such as when a homeless man rejected 180 times landed a job after being donated a suit.
(Update: he got the job!)
As for Constable Niran Jeyanesan’s excellent example of community policing, maybe there’s something in the (considerable amount of) water in that part of the world.
It was only recently that a police officer in nearby Buffalo joined in a game of street football after being called to break it up, going deep and scoring a memorable touchdown in the process.
Reports that the Bills wanted to get him padded up for a pre-season trial were unconfirmed. 😀