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IHOP employee gives away free drinks because taking from the rich and giving to the poor is not considered stealing

By Mason White 1:21 PM March 11, 2016
William F. Powell 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) An IHOP employee was arrested on a charge of larceny after allegedly giving way free drinks at the restaurant because he wanted to help needy people, police in New York said.

The New York Police Department said that they have arrested 27-year-old William F. Powell of Brooklyn, after being accused of giving away $3,000 worth of drinks without permission from his employer.

Powell was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

According to the police investigation, Arkell Cox, the owner of the IHOP, became suspicious when he realized that Powell was not selling the same amount of drinks as other employees.

Cox watched surveillance cameras, and saw that Powell was serving customers drinks, but did not charge them. He called the police after suffering $3,000 in losses.

Powell told investigators that he was not stealing from his employer because he was simply taking from the rich to give to the poor.