PASCAGOULA, MS– The latest thing to go viral on Facebook isn’t a cute puppy or adorable video of a baby laughing, but a homeless man who just wanted to do the right thing.
Around 11 p.m. Wednesday night, when a store clerk left her post at a convenience store without notice, it took less than 40 minutes for people to take advantage and start looting. Video surveillance caught the thieves in action.
“We got into the office, looked at the video and saw everybody having a free for all,” Lieutenant Versiga said. “Coming in stealing beer, cigarettes, candy. Ridiculous things. It was really disheartening.”
And to Lt. Versiga’s surprise and dismay, most of the looters appeared to be affluent.
“I saw people just helping themselves…you know…with stuff that they really needed like beer and cigarettes. Now I saw these people drive up in 20, 30, 40,000 dollar cars, trucks, and SUV’s. I watched them steal just about anything they wanted,” Versiga’s post said.
But out of the 10 people that helped themselves at the store, one man who didn’t was Jessie Harris, Jr.
“Through this whole thing, the homeless guy walking up with a backpack. I thought, ‘Well, he’s going to load up.’ Basically misjudged him, and he didn’t even go into the store. Just stood right at the door watching everybody come out. I walked across the street over at Murphy’s saw him over there after everything was done and asked him why, and he said it’s not my thing,” Versiga posted.
“At first I thought it was the cashier that was working so fast,” Harris said, describing what he saw the night. “People was coming out there putting stuff in bags and I thought the cashier, I said, she’s good. I walked in there and there wasn’t no cashier there.”
Afterward, Lt. Versiga bought Harris a meal and gave him a pair of shoes.
Others have followed the Lieutenant’s lead after seeing his post on Facebook, giving Harris money and supplies.
Harris, who didn’t know what Facebook was, says it is a lesson everyone should heed, “Not to take what don’t belong to them or whatever. Be honest, be faithful and you will get your blessing.”