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Teen lands job after cop buys him the clothes he allegedly tried to steal for a job interview

Instead of charging him with shoplifting, Toronto police Const. Niran Jeyanesan purchased the dress shirt and tie for the teenager.

Toronto police Const. Niran Jeyanesan bought a shirt and tie for an alleged shoplifter earlier this month after learning the teenager needed the clothes for a job interview. Toronto police say the teen called Jeyanesan to tell him that he got the job and starts Monday.

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Toronto police Const. Niran Jeyanesan bought a shirt and tie for an alleged shoplifter earlier this month after learning the teenager needed the clothes for a job interview. Toronto police say the teen called Jeyanesan to tell him that he got the job and starts Monday.

A teenager who wore the shirt and tie that a Toronto cop bought for him after he allegedly attempted to steal them for a job interview has been hired.

Const. Niran Jeyanesan thought he was responding to a routine shoplifting call on Aug. 6 at a Walmart in the city’s north end. The 18-year-old who had allegedly attempted to make off with some clothes had picked out a long-sleeved shirt, a tie and a pair of socks. He told the officers they were meant for a job interview.

Jeyanesan said the teen told him he didn’t have the clothes he thought would land the “service industry position” he had applied for. He said his father had fallen ill and he wanted to help provide.

“He was very remorseful, very ashamed,” Jeyanesan said of the teen at the time. “I could see that this is truly a mistake and this person wanted a chance at life.”

Jeyanesan decided to purchase the shirt and tie for the teenager, who left the police station without charges following questioning. He also referred the teenager’s father to a job.

Police spokesperson Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said the teenager called Jeyanesan, who gave the teen his number, and let him know that the outfit worked — he landed the position and starts work on Monday.

“There was already a sense of pride and admiration that I had toward the officer’s actions to begin with,” Douglas-Cook said. “(It) just added to it that much more when I heard the end result of how his actions have paid off thus far.”

With files from The Canadian Press

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