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Doing the right thing is about decisions

Did you hear about the story on the news this week about a person that stole a suit for a job interview? This bad story turned good with a good-hearted police officer was on all the news channels the other night, but what is the message that this story sends us?

Apparently the story goes like this. A young person was caught shoplifting in Toronto at a local Walmart. When the police arrived they realized this person was trying to get clothing for a job interview to help change their life around and didn’t know how to go about it. The person was stealing a shirt, tie, and socks for the interview. The police officer on the scene decided not to charge the person, but went in and paid for the items releasing the person with the items. The story was reported to CTV news and went viral on news networks. Here is a link to the story in case you missed it on the news.

Now a suit is not necessarily required for a job in trucking but the circumstances can be translated to any job situation. More important is that truck drivers are making decisions all the time within their daily job functions and having the ability to make proper decisions can make the difference between success and chaos.

I have as big a heart as anyone and truly commend the police officer for making a difficult decision and believing in this person. If the product being stolen was a television set the outcome would have been much different. Looking at this situation as a one off scenario makes it a heart felt story. Here is the problem with the would-be-thief’s decision.

With this story being all over the news every employer will be watching for this person. Breaking the law to show your best foot forward is sugar coating a real problem and removes the factor of trust which is a trait that most employee /employer relationships are based on. There are many places and organizations that help in this area and walking into any clothing charity would have had someone able to point a person in the right direction if they needed the clothing for an interview.

The real question is the next time this person comes up with a challenging decision between right and wrong, how will they go about it? Will they be hoping that the officers or officials showing up in the case of capture will have a soft heart and let them go? If they get away with the action will they think they have the talent to get away with it again in the future? If you remember the news story just a few weeks ago where the truck driver was caught smuggling a full load of people where some of those people died you will realize the importance of being able to make good decisions.

I hope the person in this story takes advantage of the police officer’s kind heart and continues on a life of good, they have been given a pass this time. If there is a next time the circumstances might be quite different. I wish them well.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, podcast host, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit

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