Poor teen gets arrested at Goodwill for trying to help people out
There is that saying that goes something like, "No good deed goes unpunished" and I can't help but think of it in the case of 19-year-old Andrew Anderson from East Naples, Florida. This young man is going through some very tough times because of his good deeds. As an employee of the Goodwill Retail and Donations Center in East Naples, Anderson was arrested for giving out discounts to those he thought were in need. I'm not even going to pretend to be objective about this because I'm not. Quite frankly I'm pissed at Goodwill for putting this young man through this BS.
So as Anderson explains it, he would see people come into the store that he felt were going through hard times and he would sell them things at a discount. These weren't his friends or anything, they were total strangers going through tough times. It made him feel good to help them out and he also thought that Goodwill is "a giving and helpful company" so he took it upon himself to be a giving and helpful person.
Goodwill doesn't see it that way. Store officials fired Anderson for giving out discounts and they reported him to the police. He was arrested on Tuesday and charged with grand theft. REALLY?! COME ON!!!
Listen, I understand that even though Anderson's heart was in the right place, that he wasn't following company policy and I TOTALLY get that they are well within their rights to fire him and report him to the police, but I still think it is BS. I'm even okay with them firing him, but what a complete and total waste of time to have him arrested and prosecuted. This is a GOOD guy, give him a break. Goodwill spokesperson Kirstin O'Donnell says: "Our stores are not around to give a handout, they're around to give people a hand up by providing funding." Ugh!!! It makes me sick that Goodwill is giving this kid a criminal record for what he did. Way to knock a person down instead of giving them a hand up.
Also, I really want to go off on another rant about how the prices at Goodwill are becoming ridiculous (at least where I live). I grew up shopping at places like Goodwill and they were a godsend, now I might as well buy new because buying second-hand is sometimes more expensive, so I get why Anderson was compelled to give discounts.
I wish Andrew Anderson much luck and I hope the charges against him are dropped.
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