After Guy Steals Their Tips, Workers Decide to Help Him
Nervous Dog owner, manager assume he must be struggling
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2013 9:20 AM CST

(Newser) – When a man stole money from the tip jar at an Ohio coffee bar, the employees didn't react how you might expect: They didn't contact police, but they did start a food drive for the man. "We assume that if he was desperate enough to steal tips, he's probably in desperate times," the manager of the Nervous Dog Coffee Bar in Stow tells WKYC. "In the holiday spirit, we decided to help this guy out."

Both that location and a second location in Akron are collecting food, which will be given to the man—whose misdeed was caught on security video—should he come forward, no questions asked. If he doesn't, it will be donated to a food bank by Christmas. While some are critical of the move, arguing that it rewards bad behavior, the manager says, "We are trying to show awareness that people are going through hard times." (In October, a police officer caught a struggling mom shoplifting ... and bought her groceries.)

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Dec 7, 2013 3:18 AM CST
Good. There are some smart people living in Ohio. After recent events in OU I wouldn't be surprised if they get arrested for being too helpful to a man.
Dec 6, 2013 7:54 PM CST
He was probably in the coffee shop trying to shake a hang over, then stole the tip money to buy a bottle of ripple.
Dec 6, 2013 6:29 PM CST