Friday, September 27, 2013


Booking photo of Andrew Anderson - © Collier County Sheriff's Office
13 hrs ago
What's that line about how the road to good intentions is paved with hell? A Florida teen is facing a felony conviction because he tried to help some struggling families at the Goodwill where he worked. Andrew Anderson, 19, was heartbroken by some of the people who came in to the store "wearing all of the clothes they had," so he would give the neediest shoppers discounts of up to 50 percent on the necessities they bought. But when store officials learned what Anderson was doing, their small hearts didn't exactly grow three sizes: They fired him and reported him to sheriff's deputies, who arrested him for grand theft.
"What I did was with all good intentions," Anderson told WBBH News. "The intent I had was to help people." Anderson said he never pocketed a dollar and has offered to pay Goodwill for the difference between the actual prices and what he charged, but the company is intent on pressing charges. "Our stores are not around to give a handout — they're around to give people a hand up by providing funding," local spokeswoman Kirsten O'Donnell said. "In incidents like this, we always prosecute." [Source]
ABC News reports that Goodwill in Naples, Fla., reversed course on Friday and said they would drop charges against Anderson. The firm said an internal investigation found that Anderson "were not for personal gain." [Source]


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