An unusual response to a break-in at a restaurant in Georgia, and one that speaks towards basic human empathy and big-picture consideration. Carl Wallace is the owner and co-founder of Diablo’s Southwest Grill in Augusta, Georgia, and took unexpected action when he discovered an attempted theft one evening: offering the would-be thief a job.

It was 4:30am on a Saturday when the thief threw a brick into the restaurant door, obliterating the glass. His intentions were to break into the register, but surveillance footage records him grabbing it and – once realizing it contained absolutely no cash – frustratingly rushing away from the scene.

All that was left was a pile of broken glass to greet Wallace on return. The damage to the door would cost $1,000 to repair; “He did more damage to the cost to replace the door than he ever would have gotten out of the register,” he explained to NBC29 News.

Wallace took to Facebook to detail the incident and had a surprisingly good sense of humor about the damage. “Our burritos are such a smash hit we’ve got people breaking in at 4am for their fix.” He then expressed his genuine sympathy for the burglar, urging him to contact him directly for a potential job. To show how serious he was, he left his personal cell phone number in the post, and insisted, “No police, no questions. Let’s sit down and talk about how we could help you and fix the road you’re on.”

At a time when people are in great, the co-founder of Diablo’s Southwest Grill recognized desperation rather than malice or greed. In spite of the cost to his livelihood, his message of forgiveness and aid is a small example of proactive kindness in response to hopelessness and despair.

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