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When Grocery Store Accidentally Leaves Doors Unlocked, Honest Customer Leaves $5 for Tomatoes

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

Canadian kindness!

The Food Basics supermarket in Kingston, Ontario was scheduled to be closed on February 18th in honor of Family Day. But somehow the grocery store accidentally left their doors unlocked.

Since nearly all of the stores in the area were closed for the day, those seeking groceries were happy to find the doors open. Until they went inside and realized that with no staff present, wasn't possible to make purchases. A perfect opportunity for the five-finger discount.

Except, no items were stolen. One customer reportedly left the store with groceries in hand – but not before he left some money on the counter.

An anonymous witness told the Kingstonist, “I was standing there trying to decide what to do, and a guy comes out of the store with two packages of cherry tomatoes. So I asked ‘Hey, buddy! You just taking some tomatoes?’ He said ‘I left $5 on the counter.’”

The customer then called Kingston Police to the scene where they waited onsite until management arrived just after 4PM.

Staffers were surprised to find that nothing had been damaged or taken except for the cherry tomatoes that had been overpaid for by the humble customer.

“The doors were open, and we don’t know … what’s to blame for that, but it appears that the store manager indicated nothing was seriously damaged or stolen,” a police spokesperson told the news outlet.


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