ELK GROVE — It is exhausting work operating a Christmas tree lot.
“There’s many roles to do,” stated Life Scout David Lilley with Troop fifty nine.
“We’re not simply messing round,” he added.
One lot in Elk Grove is stored up by youngsters who got here there after faculty to boost cash for his or her Boy Scout Troop.
“Even earlier than I joined the troop, I noticed it round right here,” Lilley stated.
The lot has been in the identical parking zone for over 30 years, which is why they assume whoever stole their tip jar on Sunday night time knew precisely who they have been stealing it from.
“Rotated and the jar, all the jar, was gone,” stated Committee Chair for Troop fifty nine Chris Joyce.
Joyce says the $one hundred fifty or so in that jar would have been exhausting for the boys to earn again.
“Cash for the boys to go to summer time camp,” Joyce stated.
However they did not need to, as a result of their neighbor Josh Hughes, who owns Emerald Tattoo and Piercing in the identical parking zone, when he heard concerning the theft, he walked on over and handed them a examine for $200.
“You already know too private, too shut,” Hughes stated.
He has youngsters too. And for the document, he was a boy scout.
“I used to be not an excellent Boy Scout. I did not final very lengthy,” Hughes stated.
Lilley would not essentially have anticipated this gesture from a man with an enormous beard and face tattoos.
However then once more…
“However then once more, I would not anticipate somebody to steal a tip jar,” he stated.
From youngsters who function by a code of honor.
“My household, we’ve got tattoos, so it isn’t shocking,” Joyce stated.
It was, nevertheless, a shock to Hughes’ youngsters when the Scouts advised them to select their favourite tree to take again to their tattoo store.