Tesco has offered job to a man caught shoplifting in one of its stores after learning that he did so to feed his family.
The 31-year-old was caught by security staff stealing food worth the equivalent of about £5 at a Tesco branch in Bukit Mertajam in Malaysia. More after the cut…
However after discovering that the man had stolen the food to feed his young son, the Tesco hypermarket decided not to press charges and offered him a job instead.
‘I had to quit my job as a contract worker after my wife fell into a coma during a birth complication last week,’ said the man, who wishes to remain anonymous. ‘She is still in the Bukit Mertajam hospital.’
The man was returning from visiting his wife at the hospital with his two-year-old son when he passed by the store. He explained that they had been walking for over an hour because they did not have enough money for a bus ticket.
‘I went straight to the food section and grabbed some pears, apples and a few bottles of drinks,’ he said.
He was brought before general manager Radzuan Ma’asan after security caught him in the act, but Mr Ma’asan decided not to call the police.
‘The man’s situation really touched our hearts,’ he said. ‘We visited his relative’s house. It was so empty and poor. In my 23 years of experience in the retail line, I had never come across thieves who admitted to their crime so easily. He also told us that he was unable to work as he has to look after his three children, aged two to seven.’
The man’s wife is now out of the coma, but she lost her baby during a difficult birth. Tesco has not decided what job to give the man, but they have already given him money to cover his current expenses.