Dwayne Johnson returns to store he shoplifted from as a teenager: ‘Right this wrong’
A ctor and former professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson returned to a convenience store he frequented as a teenager to clear his conscience.
Johnson, also known by his ring name “The Rock,” shared in an Instagram video that he went back to a 7-Eleven store in Hawaii he shoplifted from in a “redeeming grace” effort.
“We were evicted from Hawaii in ’87, and after all these years ― I finally got back home to right this wrong,” Johnson said . “I finally exorcised this damn chocolate demon that’s been gnawing at me for decades.”
The actor and former wrestler said he regularly stole king-size Snickers candy bars from the store around the time his family was evicted.
“The same clerk was there every day and always just turned her head and never busted me,” Johnson wrote in the video’s caption.
Johnson was seen buying every Snickers candy bar in the store and paying for other customers’ purchases.
“We can’t change the past and some of the dumb stuff we may have done, but every once in a while we can add a little redeeming grace note to that situation — and maybe put a big smile on some strangers' faces,” he added.
Johnson said it was the “least I could do,” but his gesture drew the commendation of fans.
"That's what it's about! Fixing the things we might have broke!” a comment on Johnson’s post read. “Legendary stories!"
Last year, Johnson spoke of the negative impact his family’s financial struggles had on him.
“I started getting arrested for fighting, theft, all kinds of stupid [stuff] that I shouldn’t have been doing,” Johnson told the Sun.
Johnson would turn to football and play at the college level for the University of Miami before injuries forced him off the field. He followed in the footsteps of his father, WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, and made his wrestling debut at the 1996 Survivor Series.
In October, Johnson expressed interest in a presidential run but stressed his current focus is on fatherhood.