Goodwill has a reputation for being a charity-driven organization dedicated to helping those in need.
So it came as a shock to many when the company decided to fire and press grand theft charges against one of their employees for giving discounts to customers with little to no money.
The charges pressed against 19-year-old Andrew Anderson drew national media attention last week when the teenager was imprisoned and held on $5,000 bail.
Well fret no more: Goodwill announced today that they will not pursue their charges against Anderson. The company released a brief statement on the matter earlier:
"We have determined that the individual's actions we not for personal gain, but rather for the benefit of others. Because this is a violation of our policy we recognize that the former employee's termination is an appropriate action but we are not pursuing criminal charges."
Throughout the ordeal, Anderson maintained that he never pocketed any money from customers.
"People would come in on bicycles -- wearing all of the clothes they had, coming in with $2, $3 max," Anderson said. “I wasn’t actually stealing. Goodwill is a giving and helping company, so I took it upon to myself to be giving and helping because I feel people deserve it.”
Last week, Goodwill estimated that Anderson’s discounts cost the store around $4,000 in revenue.
Anderson’s attorney, Jerry Berry, is glad to see hear that Goodwill will no longer pursue the charges. He now hopes for state attorneys to drop the charges entirely.
"I don't think anyone out there believes Andrew should be prosecuted for this," Berry said. "To call him a 'criminal' is wrong. I'm hopeful that the State Attorney's Office would look at this, review it and decide that this is a civil matter and not a criminal matter and dismiss the charges.”