Apparently, doing a good deed can also land you in jail. Goodwill employee Andrew Anderson was arrested and charged with grand theft this past Tuesday after the company found the 19-year-old gave discounts to poor customers. Anderson apparently cost the Naples, Fla. location $4,000, this according to Goodwill.
Anderson didn't think he did anything wrong, though. "I wasn't actually stealing. Goodwill is a giving and helping company, so I took it upon myself to be giving and helping because I feel people deserve it," he told NBC 2.
Still, the organization said Anderson was in breach of his contract, adding that the money could have been used to benefit its programs and other charitable projects. "Our stores are not around to give a hand out, they're around to give people a hand up by providing funding," said Goodwill spokesperson Kirsten O'Donnell. "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 charges were dropped on Friday, four days after Anderson was arrested. The organization tweeted this message last night:
“After completing our internal investigation we have determined that the individual’s actions were not for personal gain, but rather for the benefit of others,” Goodwill told ABC News.
But did Goodwill still go overboard by having Anderson arrested in the first place?