For the most part, you should probably follow the laws and rules of society. They're there to keep you safe and keep society functioning at least somewhat normally. (Again, for the most part. Some laws are just straight-up bonkers.)
But sometimes, breaking the rules is actually the right thing to do. Such is the case in the following stories which were submitted to a recent AskReddit thread. Get ready to have your faith in humanity 100-percent restored.
I use to work at a CVS. After Halloween, all their candy goes on sale, up to 80 percent off. After 3 weeks though, no one wants candy candy-corn-flavored chocolate or bat-shaped gummies.
So they told me to throw it all away. This was about 2 shopping carts worth of candy. None of it was expired or damaged, just out of season.
Instead of taking it to the dumpster, I placed it all in the back of my car. The next morning, it all went to the local food drive center. (In all honesty I did keep 2 bags for myself). The food center sent me a thank-you letter saying I donated over 50 lbs of candy.
About 2 months later, I am called into the head office. They have it all on video: me putting the candy in my car. They told me I owed them $500 in damages or they would press charges.
I got a lawyer and argued that dumpster diving isn’t illegal in my area, which, since I was told to throw it away, this is what I did.
In the end I was just fired and banned from the store, charges dropped. – nowhereman136
When I worked at a pet store, I let a homeless man take dog food and dog treats for free because I didn’t want his dog to starve.
When I left my shift that day, I saw him eating the dog food along with his dog in the parking lot. Seeing that nearly made me break out in tears. – ProbablyStoned0x1A4
I work at Valvoline and we had a customer come in who could barely afford an oil change (even with a 19.99 coupon). Well, after we finished the oil change her battery wouldn’t crank. We tested it and it was completely dead. Upon hearing this, she broke down in tears and explained there was no way she could afford a new battery anytime soon.
Now, policy dictates that we call a tow truck and have her towed. But we said f**k that and gave her a brand-new battery for free and cleaned her fuel line.
The look of gratitude on her face is something I will always remember. – CrossFox42
When I was 11, I used to be friends with a kid who had drug addict parents. He was always hungry because his parents never bought food and spent all their money on drugs.
So, being 11 with no money, I used to steal food from the supermarket on the way to his house whenever I went over there. I’m glad I did it because it meant he got to eat a meal for the day and I’m lucky I was never caught. – Diakia