WAYNE, NJ (News 12 New Jersey) – The video shows four young men entering a store hours after it closed and grabbing several items. After viewing the security camera footage, workers at Buddy’s Small Lots in Wayne, New Jersey feared the worst.
“My God, the store’s been broken into. What are we going to find? That they ransacked the place?” Marci Lederman recalled thinking after viewing the video.
But that’s not what happened.
Instead, the young men paid for everything – even added in the tax. They left their money on the counter, counting out the change.
The young men are football players at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Their act of honesty is getting national attention.
“It’s just still shocking. I’m still speechless right now,” football player Kell’e Gallimore said about the attention.
He said he and his friends thought the store was open when they arrived to buy batteries and audio cable because the door was unlocked.
“We didn’t see anyone at the cash register, so we were walking around. We were like, ‘hello, is anyone here? Anybody here?’ Nobody answered,” Gallimore said.
“You hope that the stuff that you say sinks in and we hope that the guys act on it,” football coach Jerry Flora said about his players.