WAYNE - A group of young men dubbed "honest shoppers" have come forward after they walked into a Wayne store that was supposed to be closed, took what they needed and left money for their purchases.
Management at Buddy's Small Lots on Route 23 got a call from police that there had been a break-in at the store, but upon arrival, nothing was missing. The lock on the door had malfunctioned and the lights were still on, so the store looked open for business. Surveillance footage shows a group of bewildered shoppers entering the store and calling out for a clerk. After figuring out what they owed, they left the exact amount for the speaker cable and batteries they bought.
"Not only did they leave money on the counter, they counted out the change," store operations manager Marci Lederman says.
The four men are William Paterson University football players and have since been praised for their honesty.
Kell'e Gallimore says he's surprised how quickly word has spread about the players' decision to act appropriately. "It was only…a cord for four dollars," he says. "I didn't think it was going to blow up to be this big."
Gallimore's partner-in-no-crime Thomas James wants others to learn from their choice. "All people are not thieves. You can't judge people by the way they look."
Buddy's manager came to the university to personally thank the players and give them a $50 shopping spree. Lederman believes they are role models.
The security issue has since been fixed at Buddy's Small Lots.
For extended surveillance footage, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.