Chick-fil-A founder shows mercy to vandals

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Associated Press – 2008 08 01

Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy. NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Chick-fil-A restaurant founder S. Truett Cathy has decided two [pre-teen-aged] girls accused of causing $30,000 in damage to his home should be punished with a writing assignment instead of charges.

New Smyrna Beach police told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the preteens broke into Cathy’s home two weeks ago and sprayed fire extinguishers, threw eggs and left water running in the kitchen.
The 87-year-old Cathy — who founded the fast food chain known for its cow billboards — said he didn’t want to prosecute the girls and leave them with a criminal record.
“I tried to be lenient with them, but wanted to punish them,” Cathy told the newspaper. “I wanted to show them there was a better way than the way they were going.”
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