A man tried to steal Christmas from a group of nuns, but he picked the wrong nuns to Grinch-out on.
You don’t mess with the Little Sisters of the Poor. That’s what one man found out when he tried to steal their recently purchased Christmas presents in the Costco parking lot.
The Sister run the St Martin's Home hospice in Baltimore, Maryland entirely on the goodwill of others. They don’t receive any official funding, and everything is operated entirely on donations. And because it’s a hospice, everyone who works there has literally stared death in the face and not blinked.
These nuns have seen things. But because of their religion and philosophy, they’re not letting a little thing like inevitable death get in the way of the spirit of Christmas.
On Tuesday, Sister Joseph Caroline and Sister Bernadette were out Christmas shopping at the local Costco buying gifts for hospice residents and employees. While the two nuns were offloading their car into their car, a man came up and asked to lend a hand.
"A man approached from behind sister and asked if he could help,” Sister Caroline told WBAL-TV news. “So we just thought it was a good Samaritan and he was there out the willingness of his heart and the holiday spirit.”
"I said, 'Gee, you did that so quickly! I can't tell you how grateful we are that you helped us.' And I shook his hand and I said, 'God bless you, and I surely will pray for you,'" Sister Bernadette said.
But as it turns out, this was no good Samaritan. He was a Grinch of the highest order. When the nuns got back to the hospice, they looked in the trunk and found that half their stuff was gone.
Just before the sisters could call the police to file a report, the Costco called them and said that their Christmas gifts weren’t stolen by the Grinch at all. They were found in an abandoned cart in the Costco parking lot.
Sister Bernadette has a theory: she believes that when she told the man that she would “surely pray for him” it broke his nerve. Or maybe it made his heart grow three sizes that day. Who’s to say?
All we do know is that the sisters got their Christmas gifts back home, and that nameless Grinch knows better than to try to steal from a nun.
Only one mystery remains: it was raining in Baltimore on Tuesday, but the gifts remained bone dry. An early Christmas miracle? You be the judge.