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Ontario grocery store sends alleged shoplifter home with a bag of groceries

A local grocery store in Ontario is being praised for showing some compassion in the face of a pandemic.

Staff from Central Fresh Market, in Kitchener, Ont., reportedly gave a bag of groceries to someone they caught shoplifting in their store.

@Drkradersma, a person who witnessed the unexpected act of kindness shared the incident over Twitter on Monday.

“Just witnessed a man caught stealing at our local grocery. Watched the owner confront him and pull fruits & vegetables out of his pack,” the user wrote. “Then heard the owner say, ‘we will feed you.’ 5 minutes later saw the man walking thru the parking lot with a bag full of groceries.”

The tweet has more than 1,200 retweets and 7,700 likes. Those who have commented have offered their support, inquired about which store it is and even asked the owner be recognized.

Less than a day later, the store shared a statement in response to the onlooker’s popular tweet and thanked everyone for their positive comments.

“We were simply helping someone in need, many are very fortunate NOT to worry about their next meal,” it wrote. “Witnessing our #communities food insecurity first hand is heartbreaking. We believe it is of great importance to help those in need.”