The Good Guys Still Exist

Some players from the William Patterson University football team received a happy surprise recently when they were each awarded gift cards to a local store. While it’s nice to see a local store that really cares for their customers and shows consideration when they should, the reason why those players were rewarded is the big story.

On a Sunday night four players from the university football team wandered in to their local Buddy’s Small Lots, which appeared to be open for business.

But it wasn’t.

The front door was unlocked and the all of the lights in the store were on, so most people wouldn’t have wondered for a second if the store was open. The problem is that the store had some security issues. The business had closed for the day, and the manager had locked up, but the front door’s lock was broken so the door swung wide open when the men walked in.

Closed circuit video footage of the store shows the young men browsing through the store, then picking up a few items and heading to the check-out counter. When they arrive at the counter however, there is no clerk to greet them. The men can be seen calling out for assistance, and even wandering around in search of someone to take their money. After a couple of minutes the men count out what they owe in cash and leave it sitting on the counter.

4footballguysThe store owners and managers were so impressed by the character the young men showed that they sought them out and rewarded their honesty with $50 gift cards to their store.

It’s always great when young men choose to do good not because they have to, but because they should. It’s also right for us to point out their behavior as a model for everyone else. It is a little sad though, that a story like this takes us off guard because we are conditioned to expect people to do the wrong thing.

Thank you, gentlemen, for your fine, upright and moral behavior. It’s nice to know that there are still some good guys out there.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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