A 19-year-old teen in Florida thought he was doing a good deed for customers at the Goodwill store he worked for.
Andrew Anderson, 19, was crestfallen by some of the folks who visited the store “wearing all of the clothes they had,” so he would give them discounts of up to 50 percent on the items they bought. Sounds like his heart was in the right place, huh?
But once store officials got wind of his kindness, they weren’t so kind in return. Anderson not only was fired from his job, but he was charged with a felony.
“I’m not a bad person, what I did was with all good intentions,” Anderson said. “People would come in on bicycles — wearing all of the clothes they had, coming in with $2, $3 max.”
“I wasn’t actually stealing. Goodwill is a giving and helping company, so I took it upon to myself to be giving and helping because I feel people deserve it.”
Unfortunately, his employer doesn’t see it the same way.
“Our stores are not around to give a hand out, they’re around to give people a hand up by providing funding, said Kirstin O’Donnell, a spokesperson for Goodwill Retail and Donation Center in the East Naples, Florida store where Anderson worked.
“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.”
The mission of their organization is to help people, correct? Why then does Goodwill’s CEO make a base salary of nearly $450,000 per year? Not to mention that salaries for top managers at 150 Goodwill locations across the country total more than $30 million.
Then there is the matter of Goodwill, thanks to a labor law loophole, exploiting their disabled employees by paying them as little as 22 cents per hour. Goodwill argues that the disabled workers would otherwise not be employed and should therefore be grateful for any amount they earn, even if it is 22 cents.
As for Anderson, he hopes that people will see that he was merely trying to do a good deed and hopes that the felony charge will be dropped.
Look, the kid is 19 years old. The proper thing to do would have been to just explain to him that while his heart is in the right place, it is a violation of policy to give discounts to select people. Anderson has even offered to repay the difference between the actual prices and what he charged those customers, but to no avail.
Or at the very least, drop the felony charge against him.
Watch the local news report below, courtesy of NBC2.