August 16, 2017 10:27am CST
A police officer in Toronto answered a shoplifting call from Walmart and found that an 18-year-old was caught with a dress shirt, tie and socks. According to the news report which I heard this morning - the young man told the cop that his father lost his job and he wanted to help out his family. He said a job interview was scheduled but he had nothing suitable to wear - that is why he took the shirt, tie and socks. The officer decided to give the young man a chance. He paid for the items . gave him his card and told him to call and let him know how the interview went. The officer's trust paid off - he did get a call - and it was good news. The determined young man had landed the job. Would you be willing to give someone a second chance? Have you ever given someone a second chance and it paid off? For me, personally, it would depend on the circumstances. If someone tried to kill me, I won't give him or her a second chance to finish the job.
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The boy had good intentions, it sounds like he would have paid for the clothes if he could. It was a chance for the cop to do some charity, and fortunately the young man wasn't lying. I tend to give second chances, I'm optimistic and try to spot the silver lining in everything. Obviously, it depends. I don't have spare lives to waste either.
• United States
The second chance idea would be based strictly on how well I knew the person, even so people can still fail you and I find that it is family members that do so most often. The police officer took a big chance, but maybe his years on the job gave him a little advantage in reading the shoplifter.
• French Polynesia
That is excellent news and a good choice the officer made to help this young man. I hope when he gets his first pay check he will send him back the money. Yes, I have helped people out in the past and some has worked out well and others not so well.