Naples Florida resident Andrew Anderson was arrested after he proffered discounts to folks shopping at the Goodwill store where he worked.
Anderson continually saw people in need, coming to shop with only a few dollars, and he adjusted pricing.
No one in management sat down with the young employee to explain that its name notwithstanding, Goodwill cares very much about money.
The teenager was arrested and continues to sit in jail even though he has offered to pay complete restitution for any money lost during his, let’s say it, goodwill gestures.
Anderson never saw what he did as stealing and didn’t personally profit from his actions. He truly believed that he was carrying out the spirit of the mission of this organization.
By the way, he is charged with grand theft.
Remember it is easier to maintain strong profit margins, even after a young employee takes it upon himself to discount items, when merchandise is donated for sale.
The International CEO of Goodwill earned $729,000 in salary and deferred compensation in 2011. In aggregate, the CEO’s of the individual franchise stores throughout the country made $30 million that year.
The organization can pay workers as little as 22 cents per hour, depending on their disability with no minimum wage protection.
So as the organization’s spokesperson stated, Goodwill always prosecutes in situations like Anderson is facing. “Because when people steal, they’re not stealing from the company, they’re stealing from the mission of our organization.”
Seriously, if employees in the retail milieu who feel empathy for folks struggling to make ends meet continue to unilaterally lower prices on donated goods, then how can the organization continue to pay folks 22 cents?
Every hour they work.
UPDATE: Due to media attention and subsequent public outrage, Goodwill has dropped the charges against the teen.
Watch the report from NBC-2 in Florida:
NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral