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Jitendra “Jay” Singh Honored by City Council for His Compassion

Toledo City Councilman Tyrone Riley, awestruck by a tale of forgiveness and compassion, reached out to Jitendra “Jay” Singh, owner of a 7-Eleven on the corner of Berdan and Upton, and arranged to have the businessman honored by Toledo City Council on Tuesday, April 30.

Last week, Singh observed on his store’s surveillance camera, a young teenager shoplifting food. When he went out to confront the youngster, he found out that the teenager had stolen because he was hungry. Instead of calling the police, Singh gave the youngster food – at no charge.

Singh’s employee, in fact, was dialing 911 to bring the police to the store and was told by his boss to stop calling.

“In light of what’s going on in today’s society, I thought [Singh] needed to be recognized for what he was doing,” said Riley. The councilman noted that Singh’s reaction was in stark contrast to the events at a convenience store at the corner of Bancroft and Franklin several months ago when employees caught a shoplifter and beat him.

The difference, said Riley, is that Singh feels committed to the community in which his store is located. “He felt like they are part of the community,” said the councilman.

During the City Council acknowledgement, Councilman Peter Ujvagi asked Singh, who emigrated from India more than two decades ago, how long he has been in the United States. Noting his own immigrant roots – Ujvagi’s family left Hungary in the mid 1950s – the councilman told Singh “you are the kind of person we need in our country.”




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