Shoplifter gets job after cop buys him interview shirt

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Toronto police say that after an officer bought an alleged shoplifter the clothes he was trying to steal for a job interview, the teenager got the job.

Jeyanesan chose to purchase the shirt and tie for the teenager, who left the police station without charges following questioning.

Police spokesperson Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said the teenager called Jeyanesan, who gave the teen his number, and let him know that the outfit worked - he landed the position and starts work on Monday.

The teenager recently contacted the police officer and told him that he got the job.

"He told me he actually wore the shirt and the tie - I'm just so happy!"

Speaking last week, the officer said Walmart staff had apprehended the would-be thief for attempting to steal a dress shirt, tie and socks.

'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, ' he told the BBC. He added that this individual didn't have any resources. That was in his mind.

The teenager had told the officer that his father was sick, and that the family had suffered hard times as a result.

"Arresting him [the 18-year-old] wouldn't have been in the best interests of anyone", he said.

"There was already a sense of pride and admiration that I had toward the officer's actions to begin with", Douglas-Cook said.

"It reiterates our goal of being positive role models in the community".

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