Men enter closed store, pay for stuff

After-hours shopper demonstrates the "please don't arrest me later" wave with cash. (Image taken from store security video)

After-hours shopper demonstrates the "please don't arrest me later" wave with cash. (Image taken from store security video)

Have you heard the one about a group of young black men who entered a closed New Jersey store late at night to do a little shopping?

Those inured to reality by 24/7 news may be startled by what happened next: They paid for their purchases and waved happily at security cameras, reports WTVM.

How did the men get into a closed store? The back door to the store, located inside a mall, was not locked. Only the door facing the parking lot was locked when employees left for the night. Most of the stores lights remain on while the mall is open.

Security video [see below] shows the men entering the store and beginning to shop. They even call out for a clerk but no one answers.

Eventually, they make their way to the cash register and wave cash at the security camera as they clearly show the sunglasses and batteries they are buying and how much money they are leaving.

The store, Buddy’s Small Lots, said they hope the men return so they can be given gift certificates for their honesty.

I suggest the CVS near Five Points MARTA station try this “open door policy” on a trial basis.

Here’s a few more news items I ran across in my morning jog around the Internet:

Not too big to fail: A bank executive who asked the federal government for $1 million in financial institution stabilization funds during the height of the mortgage crisis used $381,000 to purchase a luxury beach condo. (from New York Times’ Dealbook)

Moon contains more water than cheese: Scientists say the moon is “not as dry as previously thought.” In fact, there’s water beneath the surface called “magmatic water.” The article doesn’t say how much of the life-supporting compound the moon may contain, but I am sure there’s a way to frack every drop. (From CBC.ca)

What the NSA can do for education: A California school district may be at the forefront of government-sponsored spying after paying a company to monitor the Facebook and Twitter accounts of 13,000 students attending eight middle and high schools. The school hopes to find out which kids are “in trouble” and which may cause trouble. The cost of the monitoring service? $40,000. (from CBS Los Angeles)

Suspended justice: A former teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old female student that later committed suicide was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but a judge said all but 31 days of the sentence would be suspended. The girl’s mother screamed “You people suck!” before leaving the courtroom. (from BillingsGazette.com)

Man swallows toe: Americans and foreign bars mix as well as human toes and cocktails. This only partially explains why an American visiting a bar in Canada would order a shot of whiskey flavored by a severed digit and swallow it. He immediately paid the bar’s $500 “fine” for the casual display of cannibalism. The bar, which has been serving human toe flavored liquors since 1973, is raising the fine to $2,500. Over the years, more than eight toes have gone missing or been destroyed. If you are homeless and in the area of Dawson City, you may want to acquire some steel-toed shoes. (from CBC.ca)

The heart of editing is deletion: Longtime God listener Pat Robertson’s comments that gays intentionally spread HIV/AIDS by cutting people with special rings has been removed from a 700 Club program broadcast by the TV preacher’s Christian Broadcasting Network. Robertson, who has a long history of being an idiot, said, “You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger. … It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.” (from RightWingWatch.org)

Exorcism via penis goes awry: The lead says it all … “A man, who labeled himself a ‘ghostbuster,’ was arrested in China after he conducted an exorcism to rid a woman of the ghosts inside her vagina with his penis.” (from Inquisitr.com)

25 comments Add your comment

Accountability in 2013 = Racism

August 28th, 2013
9:31 am

Will this group of young things attempt to file a racial discrimination lawsuit against this store for intentionally closing and trying to keep them from shopping WHEN they wanted to do so because of their skin color?

Its rarely if ever about race

August 28th, 2013
10:02 am

High and low moral character can be found in every race. Clearly these folks have been raised right, taught well, and understand the difference between right and wrong. I can’t think of too many folks would not be happy to have them as neighbors or as friends of their kids. If only everyone could understand that for a very small minority the color of one’s skin is the issue. For the rest of us it is about moral character, and we absolutely are getting sick and tired of racists like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and others accusing us of racism when the target of our anguish just happens to be black. In every case of disgust or outrage from the rest of us, what we find is a complete lack of moral character, principles, respect for the property of others, respect for the rights of others, lack of personal responsibility, etc. and these fundamental character flaws are absolutely present in every race.

On the anniversary of Dr. King’s famous speech, it would be great if all races could come together and realize that everyone IS being judged on the basis of their character and NOT on the color of their skin. None of this horrible behavior is acceptable, regardless of your race, your broken family, whether some ancestor was a slave, whether someone called you a horrible name once, whether that same behavior is exhibited by people of another race, or any other excuse. It is time to look within and evaluate who you are as a person and how your behavior impacts the rights of others, the property of others, and the lives of others instead of simply hiding behind the hollow charge of “racism” when your flaws, the flaws of your family members. or the flaws of someone who has the same color skin are pointed out.

Mavis

August 28th, 2013
10:16 am

These thugs have no respect whatsoever for the boundaries and property of others.

Paying for the items they took does NOT make up for breaking and/or entering the private property of someone else without permission.

Seriously, what civilized people try to enter a closed business that is clearly closed, regardless of whether the door is locked.

Would you be okay with these youths entering your home at taking what they want (even if paying for it) just because your back door was accidentally left unlocked?

MyaFaire

August 28th, 2013
10:33 am

I can’t believe that 2 of 3 commenters on this wonderful story still found a way to be hateful in their twisted minds.

Mavis, the back door WAS locked. They walked into a store with an open FRONT door and all lights on. How would they know it was closed? It’s located in a mall, which was still open for business

Thugs? The real thugs are people like you, Mavis, and Accountability in 2013 = Racism. You engage in cowardly assaults from the anonymity of your homes.,

The guys in this video have my deep respect, whereas you negative posters sicken me.

By the way, if the proprietor of that store felt violated, he or she wouldn’t have given each of them a $50 shopping spree in thanks for their honesty and integrity.

Bill Clinton's Love Child

August 28th, 2013
10:45 am

Good gracious. You guys get so caught up in the first story and try to make something out of nothing that you totally overlook and ignore the more interesting story out of China.

Bill Clinton's Love Child

August 28th, 2013
10:48 am

Good gracious. You guys get so worked up and upset over the first story and try to make something out of nothing that you totally ignore the more interesting story out of China.

Bill Clinton's Love Child

August 28th, 2013
10:49 am

Yes it was worth repeating

What will be the straw

August 28th, 2013
10:57 am

So yet another story about yet another government school failure. This time the active spying on school kids to identify those “in trouble.” And some thought that Minority Report was just a movie. What will be the consequences for these kids? And how can a government that has set the stage for 1 military suicide a day be in any position to claim they can help any kid with issues? This is little more than another extension of the police state that is suffocating this nation and its freedom.

What will be the straw that will finally break your back and get you to get your precious children out of the government daycare/penitentiary system they call schools??

Exorcism success

August 28th, 2013
11:04 am

You know the exorcism worked when she begins screaming “Oh God…Oh God!”

Thank you Bill’s Love Child for reminding us of the importance of all the news stories.

MANGLER

August 28th, 2013
11:08 am

Dangit! Strike another way to get dates off the list.

Patrick

August 28th, 2013
12:46 pm

I can see the headlines 50 years from now, after we start accessing water from moon:

“Mars And Venus Sue Earth Over Moon Water.”
“Moon Water Wars Wage On Between Earth, Mars, And Venus.”
“Galactic Corps of Engineers Releasing More Water From Moon; Earth On Severe Watering Restrictions.”
“Moon Water Reservoir Running Low. Earth Leaders Asking Population To Pray For Rain.”

The 1st and 3rd post are just FRIGGING CLOWNS

August 28th, 2013
1:06 pm

AJC has a new rule that all writers and bloggers who post ugly smut like you two did have to wear your pointy white hats and dirty white sheets when you do so. It allows us to see you coming!

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

August 28th, 2013
8:06 pm

Most young Black men are honest and law-abiding so acting like the young men in the video are somehow extraordinary is racist in and of itself. Oh and posters #1 and #3 should go swimming in a river in Australia. The world needs much less of folks like you.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

August 28th, 2013
8:09 pm

I guess I shouldn’t be so crabby about you posting this story George since normally the media loves stories of Black criminality so it’s no wonder you are so starry-eyed over this one. I guess it is refreshing to see you guys publish something different.

MyaFaire

August 28th, 2013
8:13 pm

To me, this story would have been as shocking and heart-warming if it were a group of white kids. It’s not noteworthy because these guys are black. What’s newsworthy today is integrity, wherever it manifests.

Yag Kosha

August 29th, 2013
6:36 am

“What will be the straw that will finally break your back and get you to get your precious children out of the government daycare/penitentiary system they call schools?”

My children live in E. Cobb and they go to fantastic Govt schools, moron.

floored

August 29th, 2013
7:19 am

Only one post was concerned about the police state surveillance of citizens. Amazing.

aon

August 29th, 2013
7:39 am

Mavis, for crying out loud; get your facts straight before you take a story that represents hope for our youth and turn it into trash talk. The owner accidentally LEFT THE DOOR UNLOCKED! Geez. The media should spend more time on stories like this and the adults raising them need a big ol’ slap on the back for doing such a good job (where is their free trip to Disney, where is Obama, where is Jesse Jackson?). This story is about instilling a morale compass in today’s youth. Youth who are living in a world that spends too much time debating on whether or not God should be in their lives, watching realty shows that pay people to be bullies, spew hate and ruin lives, being educated by a public school system that is littered with teacher’s whose goal is tenure protection – not teaching, spending too much time alone and unsupervised, and being entertained by athletes and musicians who will stop at nothing (sex, drugs, lying) to remain relevant. It’s tough and someone is doing something right with these kids. Congratulations. To quote H. Jackson Brown, Jr (Life’s Little Instruction Book), “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”

miiclow

August 29th, 2013
8:14 am

It’s a sad commentary on modern society that this is a newsworthy event. Those young men deserve our respect for doing the right thing and should be commended for it.

However, does it make sense for this simple, respectable act to make national headlines? Shouldn’t this behavior be the expectation rather than the exception? This is what people refer to as the soft bigotry of low expectations. These young men were just going about their business as usual, not trying to make news. It’s insulting when you think about it.

Emma

August 29th, 2013
9:53 am

@Mavis! PLEASE READ THE STORY IN IT’S ENTIRETY BEFORE MAKING A COMMENT ON ANY ARTICLE! 1) The door they went through was not locked! (they forgot to lock it) 2) All the lights were on! 3) It’s located in a mall and the mall was still open! 4)All of the youth’s were not Black! 5)They did try to locate help to ring them up! 6)They PAID for their stuff!

Its idiots like you that keep us from moving FORWARD!!!! JEEEZZZZ

Brace4impactz

August 29th, 2013
10:19 am

Shaun did the same thing in “Shaun of the Dead”. Seriously though, nice story, made me smile.

DIRTYBIRDS

August 29th, 2013
10:46 am

With comments like this most people would think you are a dumb azz, or just a plain ole Racist, which one are you?

Lawrence

August 29th, 2013
11:20 am

Great story – in spite of the racist comments. But I’m confused why of all the stores in Atlanta, you mention the CVS near 5 Points MARTA? That seems to simply add to the race-based fuel here??

Alpharetta21

August 29th, 2013
12:29 pm

“Have you heard the one about a group of young black men who entered a closed New Jersey store late at night to do a little shopping?

Those inured to reality by 24/7 news may be startled by what happened next: They paid for their purchases and waved happily at security cameras”

“I suggest the CVS near Five Points MARTA station try this “open door policy” on a trial basis”

This author of this article just proves how racist and stereotypical people can be. So, are you saying a group of young black men are usually out stealing and robbing people blind, rather than doing the right things? Seriously??? Is it so hard to believe that all young black men do not rob, steal, rape, or sell drugs?? What is the comment about the CVS at Five Points about? How is that relevant? Quite frankly, I’ve seen young white kids stealing at several retail shops in Alpharetta. Does that mean I would be surprised when a group of young white kids didn’t steal? NO, I wouldn’t. In fact, when I was a kid, when m,y white friends would come over, my mom would have to hide her jewelry and prescription drugs, and I’d have to lock my closet because they would always steal. But we never had that problem with my black friends. Perhaps, as a news writer, you could tone down your blatant racism, even if it is just on a “trial basis.”

ignorance is everywhere

August 31st, 2013
12:28 pm

accountability and mavis, you guy are retarded and ignorant. too sad.