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Bad deed negated by several good deeds
A young Relay for Life participant stops in his tracks while walking around the Sierra High track Saturday night to look at the pictures of the late baseball athlete Bill Tuttle and how chewing tobacco turned his life upside down from “Glory Days” to his “Gory Days. He died of oral cancer in 1998 at age 69. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO/ The Bulletin
One bad deed deserves - a good deed? Maybe, even several good deeds?

For this one callous act, at least, it did have a happy and positive ending.

When the employees at Precision 6 Hair Styling in Manteca discovered that their American Cancer Society donation can containing about $25 to $35 in loose change was swiped from their front counter just two days before the Manteca Relay for Life over the weekend, they could hardly find the words to express their disappointment, dismay and disbelief.

After all, in the five years the Relay for Life Precision Hair Styling Team had that American Cancer Society fund-raising can sitting in plain view at their front counter for everybody to drop any loose change they were willing to throw in for the cure-for-cancer cause,that has never happened.

Until now, barely hours before the Manteca Relay for Life when they planned to open the can and count all the money they have raised this year.

But their sadness and dismay turned to deep gratitude and smiles soon after the story about their stolen donation can ran in the Bulletin. Several generous and mostly anonymous souls stopped by Precision on Friday and at the team’s booth on Saturday during the Relay for Life at the Sierra High School’s Daniel Teicheira Stadium.

Susan Crane said one man came in at Precision on Friday and wrote a check. She did not realize until the man left that he had written them a $250 donation in response to their loss. Others also came by to give $25 and $35 amounts, said a smiling and grateful Crane while continuing their vigil shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday right after the very moving luminaria ceremony. They could hardly believe the number of people who stopped by their booth at the Relay for Life with their donations to help them recoup the money that was stolen.

Crane said the generous outpouring from so many people more than restored their faith in humanity.

“There are still many good people out there,” Crane said of the overwhelming response that they witnessed that day.

In the online Bulletin story about the stolen can, a reader challenged others to step up and right a wrong and commented, “Hey gang, we’ve all proven we can mix it up with the best of ‘em, here’s my challenge: each of us should swing by this shop and throw a check or a few dollars in the jar for this most worthy cause... I’ll be there tomorrow for my contribution.”

Crane said they did get another donation container from the American Cancer Society.

Here’s the sequel to the stolen can: Precision hair stylist Linda Purtle found it on Friday. It was discovered at The Dollar Tree store next door. That’s the good news.

The bad news: the money was gone. Unfortunately, so was the can.

Here’s what happened. Purtle had to go to The Dollar Tree on Friday to pick up something. A conversation with one of the employees there revealed that they had found an American Cancer Society can among the items at the store. Not knowing where it came from and to whom it belonged to, they threw it away. Unfortunately, all the money was gone.