The Honest Shoppers: Assumed “Burglars” Spotted On Camera Doing The Right Thing!

September 1, 2013  |  

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?!

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  • Natalynn

    What the h kind of store is this? The store was closed, but the lights were on because of a “quirk” in the system AND the lock on the door is broke. that’s the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard.

  • jessie’s girl

    People with integrity these days are far and few in between. Kudos to these gentlemen for doing the right thing. Great story!

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  • Zealand

    This isn’t a big deal. People do the right thing all of the time. We are just living in a time where everything and anything is news. Another reason this is making news is because these boys are Black, and it is just assumed that Black people are inherently criminal.

  • carmen_bender12

    just before I saw
    the bank draft for $8778, I didnt believe …that…my mother in law was like
    they say realie erning money in their spare time from there labtop.. there
    great aunt started doing this for less than nine months and recently paid for
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  • hollyw

    I’ll admit, I felt a little uneasy, esp. after I read the police were involved…coulda swore I was going to read something like, “So, they still should’ve taken the goods, it’s still theft!” frm an officer after he booked
    them smh… it’s been a long dinner for our male youth lol =/

    Really glad that a good deed can get some recognition, though, let alone national attention!

    • hollyw

      *shouldn’t have
      *been a long summer

      geez louise…

  • Shannon

    So now you know that every black man you see with dreds is not necessarily a crook. I’ve been trying to tell yall that for years, lol.

  • D,D

    Good for them it is great when you do that right thing and people actually appreciate it.

  • cryssi

    This was soo cute to me

  • The Shade

    The owner of the store though. Maybe you should get your security system under control.

  • nolimit_soldier

    This is what I’m talking about! Blessings to my brothers!

  • Chey

    Yay!! Good for them!

  • Naija81

    These young brothers are just too adorable. Love this story. Blessed those young brothers in their professional and personal pursuits. And much kudos and respect to the parents that are obviously doing a great job. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).

  • Starr King

    At this comment thread… wow
    Hmmm,I see nobody is interesting in the black folks and the good they do,smh
    They are only the awful,ratchet behaving niggas….Just a shame!
    Then try to paint all of us the same which IS NOT TRUE.

  • Acococure

    Good job guys!!!!They will go far in life!

  • Michelle

    Its great that there is an article for something good. usually people remember the bad and forget the good.

  • Rose

    If they were to have stolen it this article would have been full of comments already.. Ironic…

    • bluekissess

      Ikr? Every comment with the “We got to do better”at the end. I like the story. They did the right thing. They seem humbled.

      • hollyw

        Right, or even in response to this, “Why is this such a surprise, we should be doing this everyday!!” =|

        • bluekissess

          Lol I agree. I think they were surprised that everybody witnessed them doing the right thing. They should enjoy it while it lasts.

    • Gwendolyn Mason

      You are correct