A teenage employee at a Goodwill store in Florida was arrested recently for grand theft after it was discovered that 19-year-old Andrew Anderson had been slashing the prices of products for customers. NBC 2 reports that while Andrew insists that his heart was in the right place, Goodwill firmly states that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.
"People would come in on bicycles, wearing all of the clothes they had, coming in with $2, $3 max," Andrew said. “I wasn't actually stealing. Goodwill is a giving and helping company, so I took it upon myself to be giving and helping because I feel people deserve it.”
Regardless of his intentions, Goodwill spokesperson Kirstin O'Donnell said, "Our stores are not around to give a hand out, they're around to give people a hand up by providing funding … In incidents like this, we always prosecute and the reason why is when people steal from Goodwill, they're not stealing from the company, they're stealing from the mission of our organization."
Andrew says he had no idea that giving discounts was wrong or even illegal, citing his understanding of the company. He said, "The intent I had was to help people, just like Goodwill says, we help people.”
Anderson faces felony charges, but is hopeful that they’ll get dropped.
Do you think Andrew should’ve been fired/and or charged with grand theft? What should his punishment be, if any?