New Jersey: Video of 4 Teens Leaving Exact Change at Empty Store Goes Viral

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 29, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The owners of Buddy’s Small Lots in New Jersey got a call last Sunday night, saying that their shop had been broken into. 

Turns out a malfunctioning lock left the front door open, and some lights were left on, giving the appearance the store was open.

Four young men walked inside and searched for a sales clerk while perusing the merchandise. And after they picked out a few things they left exact change in cash on the counter, including sales tax.

“I think it’s terrific that there are still people out there with moral character not to do the wrong thing when they easily could,” said Marci Lederman, with the store, reported NBC

After the store’s owners saw the surveillance footage of what happened, they sought out the teens. And they found out they are football players at William Patterson High School.

One of them, Kell’E Gallimore, said he went on his laptop soon after the teens had shopped at the store and saw himself on the front page of a news website.

“I was smiling because I was, like, world famous,” he said.

Another one of the teens, Jelani Bruce, said his dad told him he’s proud of him for doing something good.

The other two teens were Anthony Biondi and Thomas James, according to NJ.com.

Gallimore told the website that the store looked like it was open, with some lights on.

“We had to get to practice, because we were running a little late,” Bruce said. “So we decided to put the money on the counter instead of stealing it, because that’s just not right.” 

They bought sunglasses and a pack of batteries. 

Lederman later called the four back into the store and let them pick out a few things on the house for their dorm rooms.

Their coach is happy with their behavior as well.

“They represented themselves, their families and the team very well,” head football coach Jerry Flora said.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.