A Food Basics Store Was Left Unlocked In Ontario And Customers Still Shopped And Paid For All Their Items
Food Basics store in Kingston, Ontario left unlocked and unstaffed on Family Day - and customers still shopped.
On Monday, February 18, the best and most unexpected thing happened in Canada. A group of local residents in Kingston, Ontario decided to "break and enter" into a grocery store that was closed but to our surprise, they paid for everything - even though there weren't any employees around to tell them to do so.
On the Family Day holiday, the Food Basics grocery store in Kingston, Ontario was "broken into" by locals but nothing was stolen according to Kingstonist. Like most stores in the area, the grocery store was closed due to the statutory holiday, but regardless, residents needed their groceries.
According to Kingstonist, no employees were scheduled to work that day and the doors of the grocery store were left unlocked. Yes, the store was left unlocked, locals walked right in but no one was there at the cash register to scan any items for payment!
Despite the store's lack of employees, customers proceeded into the Food Basics and did their shopping, many of them apparently unaware that the store was even closed. Other customers, hesitant to enter, congregated at the store's front entrance, attempting to determine what exactly was going on.
A customer told Kingstonist that they stood outside of the grocery store, unsure whether or not they should enter the store without any employees around. Then, they saw a man exiting the store with two packages of cherry tomatoes when they realized what was going on inside.
The customer, who asked to remain anonymous, said that the man stated that he left five dollars on the counter in exchange for the fresh produce. The eyewitness then contacted Kingston Police to inform them of the ongoing situation.
A food basics was left completely open and unstaffed. Do kingstonians not realize what prime looting hours are?? No staff open doors. That's it. Smfh.— tradjad (@tradjad) February 20, 2019
Local police enforcement arrived on the scene around 4:25 PM, where officers reached out to the store manager, who found absolutely nothing had been damaged or stolen, according to Kingston Police.
The manager notified police that the store would review security footage and contact police if it appeared as though anything substantial was stolen.
Constable Ashley Gutheinz stated, “It looks as though there was no damage, and the situation wasn’t out of control or anything,”. She went on to say, “The doors were open, and we don’t know… what’s to blame for that, but it appears that the store manager indicated nothing was seriously damaged or stolen.”
Clearly, the honour system really does work in Canada.