Donut shop camera catches her in the act, but instead of calling cops—they’re spreading this

May 12, 2018 2:11 pm Last Updated: May 12, 2018 2:11 pm

The tip jar is a sacred item. It’s left out as a small way of thanking the diligent efforts of the employees, and deposits are always encouraged.

But as a constant stream of strangers pass through businesses around the world, we can only rely on moral compasses and mutual trust to prevent withdrawals.

At Holey Schmidt Donuts in Reno, Nevada, someone stole money from the tip jar.

The shop’s surveillance cameras recorded the entire theft on April 29. The footage is shocking, and the business chose to make it public by sharing it on their Facebook page.

“Hi donut lovers!! Sadly this afternoon we had a woman come in and steal a couple hand fulls of tips that our awesome employees work so hard for,” Holey Schmidt Donuts said on their Facebook page.

Clips like this usually spark outrage among those that see them. But the donut shop took the lead and steered the conversation.

“While we are saddened by this, we also realize that if someone is in a place in their life, where they are desperate enough to steal from hard working employees, they are probably pretty down and out,” they wrote.

Instead of seeking retribution, they decided to spread kindness.

(Facebook/ Holey Schmidt Donuts)

Not only does the donut shop have no interest in pressing charges, but they’re making an effort to get the woman as much help as she needs.

“We are going to be collecting food for this woman, hoping this helps her to realize that there are other avenues of getting help and finding food.”

Shop owners Galen and Cadi Schmidt decided to offer a 10 percent discount at their store for anyone willing to make a donation of non-perishable, non-expired food items. They’re collecting items until May 7.

“If you know who this woman is, then please let her know that we will have these donations ready and available to pick up in our shop.”

The shop will donate the items to a food bank if they can’t find the woman in the video.

Holey Schmidt Donuts has promised the food will find be given to someone who needs it one way or another. If they can’t find the woman seen in the video, they will donate the items to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Despite their best efforts to focus on the positive, there were still some who felt they were enabling bad behavior. The donut shop doubled down on their desire to spread kindness, not vengeance.

“Everyone has rough patches in life, and we hope something or someone in this situation might be the turning point for her that she needs. Love is way more powerful,” the shop owners said.

“Thanks for helping us take the culture we started this business focusing on, and helping to spread kindness through our amazing city!”

Hi donut lovers!! Sadly this afternoon we had a woman come in and steal a couple hand fulls of tips that our awesome employees work so hard for. While we are saddened by this, we also realize that if someone is in a place in their life, where they are desperate enough to steal from hard working employees, they are probably pretty down and out. At Holey Schmidt Donuts we prefer to spread kindness. We are going to be collecting food for this woman, hoping this helps her to realize that there are other avenues of getting help and finding food. Tomorrow (Monday) morning, and throughout the next week, we will have a box in our lobby, where you can contribute non-perishable, non-expired food items. If you know who this woman is, then please let her know that we will have these donations ready and available to pick up in our shop a week from tomorrow, Monday, May 7. If we are unable to locate her, we will be donating everything collected to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Hopefully either way, these donations go to someone who is truly in need. For all of our customers who come in and donate, we will be offering you a 10% discount off your order on your visit. Thanks for helping us take the culture we started this business focusing on, and helping to spread kindness through our amazing city! Have a beautiful Sunday night. XoxoHoley Schmidt OwnersGalen and Cadi Schmidt

Posted by Holey Schmidt Donuts on Sunday, April 29, 2018