Thief steals employee tip jar at Wichita non-profit coffee shop aimed at helping Veterans
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - "I was angry at first. But you know, anger is always tied to some other emotion. So I think that's disappointment and sadness. Just because they work so hard, and they don't deserve for that to happen to them," said Ashley King.
King is the owner of Sojourner's Coffee, a non-profit company that focuses on helping some of the most important people to her, Veterans.
"I have a grandfather that served in Vietnam on an aircraft carrier in the Navy. And I've watched him struggle as I grew up. And he's a hero. And he deserves a hero's welcome. And he didn't get that when he came home," said King.
King said Sojourner's is 100% donation based. Signs are up everywhere saying there are no prices, you order what you want, then donate however much you feel like.
While some people take advantage of it, King says she couldn't believe what she saw on her security cameras Thursday.
"As he walked back past the counter to walk out the door, he just picked up the tip jar, put it in front of him and walked out the door," she said.
King says two men spent a considerable amount of time in the shop, ordering multiple drinks and food items. Then, not only did they not make a donation for any of it, one took off with the jar containing the tips meant for the young girls who work so hard to make the store possible.
"The tips at the end of the pay period make up about a third of most of their paychecks. So it's a big deal. It's not just a couple of dollars. It's a good chunk of their money," said King. "Without my staff and the heart that they have for our mission and for veterans, and for our community, this place would not be what it is. And so, for someone to steal out of their pockets, it really hurts me."
If you recognize the man stealing the tip jar or the man who was with him, please call police or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.