Augusta Restaurant Owner Offers Burglar a Job Application

Synthia Stark of the burglary - photo from Diablo’s Southwest Grill/Carl Wallace

In Augusta, Georgia, a suspected burglar had reportedly broken into a restaurant called Diablo’s Southwest Grill back when the Easter long weekend happened. Diablo’s Southwest Grill is a counter-serve Mexican joint with a build-your-own burrito bar and other staples — all located in a cool strip-mall space.

The last thing this burglar would have expected is a great act of kindness from the owner of Diablo’s Southwest Grill. The owner’s name is Carl Wallace and Carl seems like a cool person. of Carl - photo from Diablo’s Southwest Grill/Carl Wallace

In real life, Carl first noticed that the restaurant’s front door was smashed in. Second, Carl spotted the security surveillance footage where he saw the burglar in action. 

Specifically, Carl was celebrating his 45th birthday at the time, and on the surveillance footage, he spotted a man wearing a hooded tracksuit. The hooded burglar smashed the front window, before forcibly removing the cash register (ripping out the wires from it), and shaking it, after realizing that nothing was there.

The burglar then ran back out the front door, so nothing was stolen. Then, Carl took to social media and asked the internet to help him correct the situation — or at least, find the burglar in question of the wires from the cash registers broken - photo from Diablo’s Southwest Grill/Carl Wallace

Carl specifically posted:

Our burritos are such a smash hit that we’ve got people breaking in at 4:00 am for their fix. So if ya see our door looking hurricane fabulous at Wheeler Rd… this is why. To the would-be robber who is clearly struggling with life decisions or having money issues…please swing by for a job application. There are better opportunities out there than this path you’ve chosen. My personal cell is 706–513–3557. No police, no questions. Let’s sit down and talk about how we could help you and fix the road you’re on. Sincerely Carl

From the sounds of the post, Carl wouldn’t mind if the burglar came back again, just to fill out a job application. When others asked about why he was doing this, Carl reportedly said:

“Instead of having the normal response of being angry, we decided to reach out, and say this is a bad career path that you’re on, and we’re willing to offer you a job if you’re willing to change what you’re doing in life.”

It also sounds like some people fall hard on tough times and are in dire need of money. Plus, the robber did such a bad job at robbing, that Carl likely pitied this person, and wanted to help this person out: 

“It made me realise, as a robber, this guy’s really not doing a good job — there’s got to be other career paths for this guy…I’m a person that believes that everything happens for a reason… we are all just one good choice away from a completely different life.”

As of yet, the burglar has yet to come forward, but Carl is a forgiving guy. I mean, he was rudely awakened during his birthday and the long Easter weekend, and reportedly did not call the authorities. 

Most of his patrons are friendly, and the people in Augusta, Georgia are generally cool as well. After his post became semi-viral, some people showed up at the restaurant in person, in solidarity with Carl. For example, one of them was a customer named Cher Best:

“I saw a Facebook page on Connect Augusta, and I thought it was probably one of the best things that I had ever read. So as a result of what I read and the compassion, that was part of that Facebook post, I wanted to support the business.”

As for now, we can only sit and wait. Perhaps someday the burglar will own up to their mistakes and apply under the guise of a normal person, or maybe nothing will come out of it. It’s highly likely that the burglar will never show up — but you never know, the world is a strange place sometimes. 

Either way, it’s a great response to an otherwise bad situation. Perhaps there are more people in Augusta, Georgia who have a similar sense of humor. Only time will tell.

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