Man steals food to feed son, supermarket gives him a job

TESCO has offered a job to a man caught shoplifting in one of its Malaysian stores after hearing that he stole to feed his three children.

The 31-year-old, who did wish to be named, was caught stealing food worth RM27 ($8.70AUD) from a Tesco supermarket in northern town of Bukit Mertajam last week.

But instead of reporting him to the police, the store's general manager Radzuan Ma'asan offered him a job when he heard about his plight.

The man - who has three children between two and seven - told the local Star newspaper:  "I had quit my job as a contract worker after my wife fell into a coma during a birth complication last week".

He said he was walking to his relative's house where he was staying after visiting her in the hospital with his two-year-old son when they passed the Tesco.

"After walking for more than an hour, we went to the food section and I grabbed the pears, apples and a few bottles of drinks", he said.

When he was caught on the way out of the store, instead of reporting him to the police Mr Ma'asan decided to offer him a job.

He said: "The man's situation really touched our hearts. We visited his relative's house. It was so empty and poor.

"He was not a regular thief. When we questioned him, he immediately confessed, saying that he stole the fruits and drinks because his son was hungry.