The restaurant owner in Georgia offers a burglar in lieu of pressing charges

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‘Don’t steal from us, we’ll give you a job’: Georgia restaurateur writes FB post offering job to thief who stole his till and ‘clearly struggling with life decisions’

  • Carl Wallace, owner of Diablo’s Southwest Grill in Augusta, has been praised for his compassionate response to a burglary at the site on Saturday.
  • In a now viral Facebook post, Wallace offered the burglar the opportunity to apply for a job at the restaurant
  • He said his response was prompted by the fact that the break-in took place over Easter weekend

A Georgia restaurant owner has been praised for his compassionate response to a break-in at his business after inviting the thief to apply.

Carl Wallace, the owner of Diablo’s Southwest Grill on Wheeler Road in Augusta, shared an image of the culprit in a now viral Facebook post

The post was accompanied by an image of security footage of a hooded person carrying something out of the restaurant and a photo of the hall’s smashed glass door.

“Our burritos are such a success that people come in at 4am for their fix. So when you see that our door at Wheeler Rd looks fantastic, here’s why, ‘Wallace wrote.

A Georgia restaurant owner has been praised for his compassionate response to a break-in at his business after inviting the thief to apply.  Carl Wallace, the owner of Diablo's Southwest Grill on Wheeler Road in Augusta, shared a photo of the culprit in a now viral Facebook post

A Georgia restaurant owner has been praised for his compassionate response to a break-in at his business after inviting the thief to apply. Carl Wallace, the owner of Diablo’s Southwest Grill on Wheeler Road in Augusta, shared a photo of the culprit in a now viral Facebook post

The Facebook post was accompanied by an image of security footage of a hooded person carrying something out of the restaurant and a photo of the hall's smashed glass door

The Facebook post was accompanied by an image of security footage of a hooded person carrying something out of the restaurant and a photo of the hall's smashed glass door

The Facebook post was accompanied by an image of security footage of a hooded person carrying something out of the restaurant and a photo of the hall’s smashed glass door

“To the potential robber who is clearly struggling with life decisions or money troubles … feel free to drop by for a job application.

“There are better options than this path you have chosen,” he added, sharing his personal phone number so that the perpetrator could contact him.

‘No police. no questions. Let’s sit down and talk about how we can help you and fix the road you’re on. ‘

Wallace told the local retailer WRDW that everything is kept under lock and key so that the thief could only get some change from the till, but that the outcome could have been different.

“They risk so much every time they do this: for the entrepreneur, for themselves, or what could happen if the police show up during the burglary process,” he said.

Wallace (pictured) told local WRDW retailer that everything is kept under lock and key so the thief could only take some change from the register, but the outcome could have been different. “They risk so much every time they do this: for the owner of the business, for themselves, or what could happen if the police show up during the burglary process,” he said.

“Our burritos are such a success that people come in at 4am for their fix.  So when you see that our door at Wheeler Rd looks fantastic, this is why, 'Wallace wrote in a Facebook post accompanied by a photo of the restaurant's smashed glass door.

'Our burritos are such a success that people come in at 4am for their fix.  So when you see that our door at Wheeler Rd looks fantastic, this is why, 'Wallace wrote in a Facebook post accompanied by a photo of the restaurant's smashed glass door.

‘Our burritos are such a success that people come in at 4am for their fix. So when you see that our door at Wheeler Rd looks fantastic, this is why, ‘Wallace wrote in a Facebook post accompanied by a photo of the restaurant’s smashed glass door.

The Facebook post has been liked over 4,000 times and hundreds commented, praising Wallace for his compassionate approach.

The break-in could even benefit the restaurant, as many Facebook users pledged to eat there in the future.

“Wow, what a compassionate, humane move,” wrote one user. “Be sure to make a note to grab a bite the next time we’re in Augusta.”

“I hate this happened to you, but your response was a perfect demonstration of humility that we all need. My family loves Diablos and we eat it often. This has reinforced our support for your establishment. Prayers for all involved, ”replied another.

‘I’ve always eaten at the Diablo’s in North Augusta (closest to me), but from today on I will make it my business to eat at your location for such a graceful, gracious and classy response! Continue to be led and guided by God !!, ‘wrote another Facebook user.

Wallace told WRDW that the fact that the burglary fell over Easter weekend inspired his response.

Rather than having the normal response of anger, we decided to get in touch and say that this is a bad career path you are on, and we are willing to offer you a job if you are willing to change what you do in life.

“I can’t fix the world, I can’t save the world, but I can make a difference in someone’s life,” he said.

“So I took that approach… on this Easter weekend, to try to approach the situation in a divine way.”

Wallace told WRDW that the fact that the burglary fell over Easter weekend inspired his compassionate response.  Pictured: Diablo's Southwest Grill on Wheeler Road

Wallace told WRDW that the fact that the burglary fell over Easter weekend inspired his compassionate response.  Pictured: Diablo's Southwest Grill on Wheeler Road

Wallace told WRDW that the fact that the burglary fell over Easter weekend inspired his compassionate response. Pictured: Diablo’s Southwest Grill on Wheeler Road

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