“He Stuck His Hand Straight Into the Tip Jar and Took Out as Much as He Could Get and Walked Out like Nothing Happened”

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During the holiday season of 2013, a bald man was caught on surveillance video stealing money from a tip jar at the Nervous Dog Coffee Bar in Stow, Ohio. Manager Scott Moses said, “He stuck his hand straight into the tip jar and took out as much as he could get and walked out like nothing happened.” Instead of pressing charges against the man, the coffee shop decided to collect food for him. This appeared on the coffee shop’s Facebook page:

“Folks — we figured anyone desperate enough to steal a few bucks from a kid working her way through college, is likely pretty hungry. So we thought we would initiate a canned food drive for him; we’ll begin with a can or two from each employee, and make a box available in each of our shops for your kind contributions.

“If anyone is able to help us find this unfortunate man, we will make the donations available to him Christmas week (the week of 12/23). We will also provide him with free brewed coffee for the remainder of this year. If he is unable to get to the shop again in order to pick up the food, we are happy to drop it off if anyone can help us locate the hungry fellow.

“In the event that we are unable to find him to pass along this small gesture, we will instead donate the cans we collect to the Akron Food Bank, where it will make its way to others in need.

“Thanks in advance for your generosity. Happy Holidays!”

Mr. Moses said, “In the holiday spirit, we decided to help this guy out.” He added, “We assume that if he was desperate enough to steal tips, he’s probably in desperate times.” Nervous Dog Coffee Bar has two locations: one in Stow and one in Akron. Both are holding food drives. The first person to donate food was the barista whose tips the bald man stole.

For Further Information: “Bald Dude Steals Tips.” Dropcam. Accessed 6 December 2013

https://www.dropcam.com/c/56febb4dbcc541c1ac83f002cee8c1b7.mp4

For Further Information: Nervous Dog Coffee Bar & Roaster. Facebook. Accessed 6 December 2013

https://www.facebook.com/Nervousdogcoffee

For Further Information: Erin Kennedy, “Coffee shop holds food drive for man who stole from tip jar.” WKYC (Cleveland, Ohio). 5 December 2013

http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/2013/12/04/tip-jar-thief/3873133/

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