Generally when a company is burglarized and/or damaged by thugs, they press charges and seek punishment for the crime. However, one business owner had quite the opposite reaction.
Carl Wallace, owner of Diablo’s Southwest Grill in Augusta, Georgia is single handedly changing the narrative.
On Easter Sunday, Wallace woke to the news that his restaurant had been broken into. The vandal smashed in the glass front door with a brick and proceeded to search the register for cash, however the money had all been removed.
Yet, Wallace did not seek reparations. Instead, he offered the perp a job.
“You know, my initial response was, you know, anger, frustration,” Wallace told NBC News. “I realized that we’re gonna have to kind of put up a Facebook post about our door looking really, really bad because here we are going to put up two sheets of plywood over the front door to just get through the day.”
“It really kind of occurred to me [that it’s] … Easter weekend and to just extend an olive branch,” he said. “You know, extend the layer of forgiveness and kindness and give the … would-be robber some redemption and a different path.”
Wallace posted on Facebook, “Our burritos are such a smash hit we’ve got people breaking in at 4am for their fix,” he joked. “So if ya see our door looking hurricane fabulous at Wheeler Rd this is why.”
“To the would be robber who is clearly struggling with life decisions or having money issues… please swing by for a job application. There are better opportunities out there than this path you’ve chosen,” the post continued. “My personal cell is 706-513-3557. No police, no questions. Let’s sit down and talk about how we could help you and fix the road you’re on. Sincerely Carl.”
Some people may think that Wallace was being sneaky in order to get the perp to reveal his identity. However, the offer is sincere.
“You know, I kind of looked at it from the robber’s perspective of, you know, this really isn’t working,” Wallace said. “One of my things as an employer that I like to ask my employees [is] what are their goals in life and what do you want to do and what can we do as a company to help you achieve your goals?
“I would ask the robber the same thing: ‘What are your goals in life and is this putting you on the right path to achieve those goals?’ And so it was just a little bit different approach to, you know, a bad situation,” he added.
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