At a time when the NCAA seems to be in complete upheaval, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has been suspended, and a college basketball player can't be granted a waiver exception despite the loss of two family members, it's actually refreshing to hear about a positive story emanating from the college ranks. Especially with the football season kicking off on this glorious Thursday night.
So here goes, as first reported by News12 in New Jersey.
Four football players at William Paterson University, a public university in New Jersey, were “caught” by surveillance cameras entering a convenience store that was supposed to be locked, took a few basic items, and left the exact amount of money needed for the items.
Police alerted management of a possible break-in, but after checking the store, they found that nothing was missing.
“Not only did they leave the money on the counter, they counted out the change,” said store manager Marci Lederman of the "honest shoppers".
“It was only a cord for four dollars,” Kell'e Gallimore, one of the players, said. “I didn't think it was going to blow up and be this big.”
It's not that big, but decency deserves praise.
“All people are not thieves,” Thomas James added. “You can't judge people by the way they look.”
The manager of Buddy's Small Lot personally came to the school and gave the players a $50 gift card to thank them for their decency.
On that note, let's enjoy the football season.