Restaurant Owner Offers Job To Teens Who Set Business on Fire

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A restaurant owner in Scotland has made an interesting offer to the teenagers who set fire to his restaurant, one that toes the line between forgiveness and teaching a lesson.

William Bird, who owns Fennel Restaurant in northeast Scotland, has made a job offer to the teenagers responsible for setting the restaurant’s outdoor furniture on fire over the weekend. He says they can work as kitchen porters as a way to learn responsibility.

Fortunately, no one was hurt by the fire and emergency crews put it out before any serious damage was done to the restaurant. Nevertheless, Bird took to social media with a challenge and offer to the perpetrators.

“I’m asking everyone who knows you, because you bragged, right? Because your classmates hung about, because you came home smelling of smoke and flammable material so someone knows,” Bird wrote.

“To let you know something. Something you need to know. I’m offering a reward. But that reward may not be what you think. To the two young lads who tried to set a fire at Fennel, I’m offering you a job.

“Come see inside, what we do, the real lives of the men and woman who work here, whose livelihoods depend on what we do, the innocent diners, locals you put at risk. I dare you, come work for me. It’s not for the faint-hearted, takes something pretty special. Think you’re up to it, gentlemen?”

Officials in Scotland are still investigating the fire, but Bird believes a group of teens from the area who are around 13 or 14 years old is responsible.

Bird recognizes that most people would want the teens punished for their actions, but he’s a believer that he can help transform young people and get them pointed in the right direction.

“I want to get them in for kitchen porter duties. People are all too quick to say ‘hang ’em high’ rather than make a difference and help. We can change their direction,” Bird explains. “They will get paid for an honest day of work. They have to realize their meals and clothes have to be paid for by someone working.”

It’s an interesting perspective to take, but one that’s in line with Bird’s unique outlook on life and the history of the restaurant.

“We’ve been working to help so many from the homeless to those troubled by mental health issues, to break down stigma, to reach out and to give a hand up, a second chance. I’m not going to stop that now,” Bird says.

As of Monday, there’s been no response from the teens responsible, although Bird’s post has been shared hundreds of times, so they’re bound to see it and respond to Bird’s offer sooner or later.