- A man caught a teenage boy stealing 2 bags from his employer
- Upon opening the bags, he and the security realised that all the boy wanted was to find some leftover food to eat
- Instead of punishing him, he was treated to a makeover with new clothing and the story went viral via social media
Werner Smit was called in to assist when a 19-year-old boy was caught stealing two bags from his employer.
However, when Smit and security guards opened the bags, they soon realised that they were rubbish bags and all he wanted was to find some leftover food.
Smit looked at the youngster's appearance and realised that he had no money to afford clothing and a lack of resources to bathe himself.
Smit gave him a hearty meal, which he "inhaled" due to his hunger, and provided him with clean clothes.
With the assistance of the Laingsburg Police station in Matjiesfontein, the young man essentially received a proper make-over.
Sadly, the young man feels let down by his parents, but it seems he has the support of many others.
Smit shared the beautiful story via Facebook in a bid to teach others not to judge a book by its cover.
He shared it via the #ImStaying page as well and the post went viral.
Zukiswa Mfenqa commented, "Thank U guys for being human first."
Patti Mathie said, "Wonderful, never give up on humanity. But for the grace of God, go."
Zodwa Dlamini added, "I am truly grateful and humbled by how you intervened and restored this young man’s dignity. Congratulations servants of the People."
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