The vacation was like a “Hallmark Christmas movie” for one Southie retail store after a reported theft and an opportunity encounter between the shop’s house owners and a neighbor led to a document gross sales day for the small enterprise.
The “roller coaster” started Friday night when a teenage woman sporting a blue surgical masks bumped into Love Child — a house decor and liquor retailer on West Broadway — and allegedly stole three bottles of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a Boston Police spokesperson informed the Herald on Monday.
The woman ran out the door and took off with a person, whom authorities mentioned was not less than 18 years outdated, on a moped towards the Broadway T cease.
Boston Police responded to a report of the larceny at round 7:45 p.m.
As the dramatic scene unfolded, workers — organizing baskets within the retailer on the time — known as co-founder Colleen Dunleavy who was about to dine at Capo Restaurant, a block away, and knowledgeable her of the incident.
By serendipity, it seems Dunleavy obtained the decision in the precise place on the proper time.
Southie resident Mark Rooney, who had simply met Dunleavy and her partner, overheard the decision and noticed them rush out of the restaurant. Then he took to Facebook later Friday night time, capturing the interplay and incident.
“Like you reading this, I felt (and) feel so bad,” Rooney wrote. “A young couple, taking a chance, opening and trying to make a small business work. For those of us who grew up here, if a neighbor was in need, we all responded.”
Rooney talked about he’d be stopping by the store on Saturday “to make a purchase” and challenged neighbors to comply with swimsuit.
“Whether it’s tomorrow, or sometime in the near future, I ask that you do the same,” Rooney wrote. “Let our new friends know that Good prevails over Evil, every time!”
“They have no idea that I’ve posted this,” he added, “perhaps the uptick in business over the next days and weeks, will uplift their spirits, and produce more, regular customers. … Not looking for Likes or Comments…just a visit and small purchase at Love Child.”
Love Child made an Instagram publish Sunday night highlighting all that the shop had been via.
“Ohhh where do we even begin? The past few days have been an absolute roller coaster of emotions and it has ended in the best possible way,” the publish reads. “Honestly like a Hallmark Christmas movie.”
The “best possible way,” as in, a record-breaking gross sales day Saturday, the publish said.
“And when we tell you Southie showed up for us, they SHOWED UP,” the publish learn. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for this support. It is the best demonstration of community that we have ever experienced.”
The publish concluded with, “Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are honored to be a part of this community. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, and as Mark reminded us, ‘good prevails over evil.’ ”
Boston Police had made no arrests within the incident as of Monday afternoon.