WAYNE, NJ (NEWS 12) - It pays to be on your best behavior... even when you think no one is watching. That's a lesson learned by a few young men from New Jersey after cameras caught them doing the right thing at a local store.
Sunday night, the management of Buddy's Small Lots in New Jersey got the after-hours call all retailers fear. "We got a phone call at the police department saying there had been a break-in at the store," said Marci Lederman, store employee.
But when they got to the store, nothing appeared out of place. The cameras, however, caught it all. A handful of young men cautiously entered the store and before heading downstairs, they do a little shopping. They also called out to a clerk who never showed up, and after doing a little mental math, the guys decide to pay for sunglasses and batteries, even though no one's around to force them. So, how'd this happen?
"At around 7 on a Sunday, the shopping mall here is still open including the pharmacy and grocery store on either side. But Buddy's Small Lots was closed. Although you wouldn't know it because the lock on the door had malfunctioned," said Lederman.
The system also leaves most of the lights on, so employees admit, it pretty much looks open. Buddy's just opened their Wayne, New Jersey location and the store's leadership says they're happy to be a part of such an honest community.
"Buddy's really wants to thank them, so we'd love for them to come forward and tell us who they are so that we can give them some gift certificates and hopefully just say thank you in person," Lederman said.
On camera, the young men left quite the impression.