SECOND CHANCES.

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@Kandae11 (40368)
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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@sabtraversa (13331)
• Italy
16 Aug 17
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.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
16 Aug 17
The officer took a chance on him - it could have easily gone another way. I am sure both parties are very happy about how it worked out.
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@Hate2Iron (8022)
• Canada
16 Aug 17
I heard that story somewhere, but I didn't know that he had landed the job. :)
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@Kandae11 (40368)
16 Aug 17
Yes, he did get the job. He called the cop and told him "the outfit worked" and he expected to start work on Monday.
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@thelme55 (15059)
• Germany
16 Aug 17
That young man was lucky to have this kind officer giving him a chance.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
17 Aug 17
It was his lucky day. It could have been a very different story if another officer with a different way of thinking had been dispatched to the store.
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@thelme55 (15059)
• Germany
17 Aug 17
@Kandae11 yes, it was his lucky day.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
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.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
17 Aug 17
What you say is perfectly true. You will find that a family member is more likely to fail you - why? - because they are family and there is a sense of entitlement. And yes - that officer was probably very experienced.
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• United States
17 Aug 17
@Kandae11 Family does have a sense of entitlement and sometimes it is just plain procrastination.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
16 Aug 17
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.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
17 Aug 17
Yes, he said he would repay. Even though he went about it the wrong way - he was determined to make a good impression at the interview and get the job to help his family.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
17 Aug 17
@Kandae11 You are right. He was lucky this time sure hope it doesn't happen again.
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@Oshobu (675)
• Nigeria
16 Aug 17
Yeah, I agree,... I've not really given before but I think I will try to give one from now on...
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@Kandae11 (40368)
17 Aug 17
People make mistakes - sometimes they are not really bad persons.
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@Oshobu (675)
• Nigeria
17 Aug 17
@Kandae11 Circumstance might make someone look bad while he/she is not...
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• Preston, England
16 Aug 17
nice end to the story
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@Kandae11 (40368)
16 Aug 17
Yes - a different ending was highly possible.
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• Preston, England
16 Aug 17
@Kandae11 yes, the kid could have been lying or the cop might have just arrested him anyway
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@amadeo (73473)
• United States
16 Aug 17
I have not.But she was a lucky person there
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@Kandae11 (40368)
16 Aug 17
Indeed, and he didn't disappoint the officer.
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@amadeo (73473)
• United States
16 Aug 17
@Kandae11 that is great.
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@marguicha (102316)
• Chile
16 Aug 17
That cop was a very special person. It is difficult to give a second chance to someone you don´t know.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
16 Aug 17
I think so too. It was his gut feeling and he followed it.
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@marguicha (102316)
• Chile
16 Aug 17
@Kandae11 I don´t think I would be as kind
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@BelleStarr (39695)
• United States
16 Aug 17
I think that is a wonderful heartwarming story and yes, I think everyone deserves a second chance.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
17 Aug 17
I feel the same way.
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@snowy22315 (52935)
• United States
16 Aug 17
Yes, he doesn't sound like a born crriminal! Sometimes people get in bad circumstances which may not be entirely their fault.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
17 Aug 17
That is so true. He just needed a break.
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@suziecat7 (3393)
• Asheville, North Carolina
16 Aug 17
When I was a manager, I would sometimes give people a second chance unless they were stealing. No comebacks from that for me.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
17 Aug 17
For me - the circumstances would be the determining factor. If I know the person was starving when he stole something, I would give him or her a second chance.
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@UncleJoe (10882)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
16 Aug 17
That sounds like my kind of cop.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
17 Aug 17
Thoughtful and kind.
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@Gillygirl (17369)
• Sutton, England
16 Aug 17
the young man was very lucky and I'm glad here didn't betray the police officer's trust.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
16 Aug 17
That officer would have felt very bad because other members of his department were aware of his leniency.
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@dgobucks226 (13835)
16 Aug 17
I have given second chances to others and it has paid off and I've been burned. Two old adages here: don't give a 3rd chance because like baseball you will be out, and the brainy quote in the photo above is the other one.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
16 Aug 17
I love that brainy quote. I'll be sure to keep it in mind.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
What a great story! I love to hear stories with happy endings. I've given people second chances that worked out well.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
16 Aug 17
It is wonderful when your trust is not betrayed.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26237)
• United States
16 Aug 17
I like a happy ending
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@Kandae11 (40368)
16 Aug 17
Yes, it could have ended differently.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
Now thats a good story. I am glad the young man got the job. Cop was good to let him off and pay for the items too. I usually don´t give second chances these days, depending.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
16 Aug 17
Seeing he wasn't lying I think he would have felt really bad if he hadn't got the job. Alls well that ends well.
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@andriaperry (58953)
• Anniston, Alabama
17 Aug 17
Yes I would and yes I have. Some times they dumped on me and other times proved themseelves.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
17 Aug 17
Can't win them all - but at least you know that you did your part.
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@Freelanzer (9498)
• Canada
17 Aug 17
Very nice police officer. He may have just changed that young man's life and hopefully he makes better choices in future.
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@Kandae11 (40368)
17 Aug 17
If he falls on hard times again, I sure hope he won't take that route once more - and expect the same result.
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