March 14


Tesco offers job to man caught stealing

Tesco Bukit Mertajam proves humanity matters more than commercial interests by choosing not to press charges against a theft suspect. Free Malaysia Today reports:


A hypermarket in Bukit Mertajam has proven than humanity trumps commercial interests by offering a man caught stealing from their premises, a job with them instead. The hypermarket also chose not to press charges against him.

According to an Astro Awani report, a 31-year-old jobless man was recently detained by security personnel at a Tesco branch in Bukit Mertajam for stealing fruit and canned drinks.

When questioned, the suspect confided that he resorted to stealing the goods because he had no money to buy food for his three children, aged between two and seven, who were starving. His wife was in hospital after suffering a miscarriage.

The hypermarket management however, decided not to press charges against the man, after verifying his predicament.

“We do not condone theft, but this case was different. We have done our checks and what the suspect told us was true.

“We empathise with him and understand he was forced to do what he did,” a Tesco spokesman was quoted as telling the portal.

In a rare show of humanity in this day and age, the hypermarket went a step further and even offered the suspect a job with them. It is unclear however whether he accepted the offer.

Police said no action would be taken against the suspect as there was no report lodged against him.

This is a scenario totally opposite to a recent incident where a woman was subjected to a fine of RM200, or in default, five days in jail, by the magistrate’s court after getting caught stealing a packet of Milo from a supermarket in Dang Wangi, Kuala Lumpur.