They’re being touted as the “honest shoppers” but four young men from a New Jersey college football team were just doing the right thing.
William Patterson University freshmen football players Anthony Biondi, Jelani Bruce, Kell’e Gallimore and Thomas James went into Buddy’s Small Lots to pick up some batteries and an audio cable before heading back to practice. What they didn’t know is that they’d triggered the store alarm in the process. The police alerted the store’s vice president and based on the outside store cameras, the men are seen entering the store and leaving a few minutes later.
But after further investigation using the store’s inside cameras, the “honest shoppers” were shown at the checkout counter, waving their money directly at the camera and paying for the items by leaving the money on the counter. They even left the proper amount of tax.
Marci Lederman, the store’s manager said the store was closed which explains why there was no store clerk. The lights were on because of a “quirk” in the system and the door was open because the lock is broken. Lederman also had this to say about the honest shoppers:
“I think it’s terrific that there are still people out there that have moral character not to do the wrong thing when they easily could.”
For their part, the young men are excited to have a little bit of fame right now. When speaking to Today’s Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall, Biondi said, “(We’re) just ecstatic knowing that one good deed blew up nationwide and now everyone’s hearing about it.” Gallimore added, “Soon as I went on my laptop, it was like right there, front page, and I was just excited. I was like smiling because I was like, ‘Oh I’m famous.”
All four young men were rewarded with $50 worth of free merchandise from the store.
What a great story and how cute is it to see the guys so excited about their share of fame?!