Somebody got an attack of conscience.
Dan Buxton’s business, Play It Again Sports in the La Mesa Springs Shopping Center, was destroyed Saturday night (June 30th) during the riots, set on fire and looted. He watched his life’s savings taken away in a matter of minutes Saturday when a day of peaceful protest gave way to destructive chaos, and some opportunists took advantage of the moment to loot, vandalize and burn local businesses. Buxton watched people shatter the glass of his storefront with his own baseball bats and run off with merchandise.
When the riot subsided and morning came, Buxton awoke to hundreds of strangers helping him clean up the mess and get back on his feet. And then the unthinkable happened: A young man approached Buxton and said he needed to make things right.
“He said, ‘Can I talk to you outside?’ And outside in the car he said, ‘I feel horrible, I was not part of the rioting but I did go into your store and I did take things.’ He gave me back a couple softball bats and a bag full of stuff from Sally’s Beauty and just said he felt bad about it — it’s not who he is.
“I told him that I forgive him, and that I made bad choices when I was young, and you made a bad choice, but now you’re making a good choice,” Buxton said.