The girls were not the appreciative customers St. Clair Shores Dairy Queen owner Liz Hope was hoping to get when she handed out free ice cream cones Monday in honor of Dairy Queen's 75th anniversary. She says that's when a group of five unruly teens walked up to her stand on Harper Avenue and collected their free ice cream cones, but instead of thanking her she says they took off with the tip jar.
A quick-thinking customer was able to take a photo of the car the girls drove off in. The photo and license plate number were turned over to police.
It was then also discovered the girls admitted to the crime on the social media site Snapchat. They snapped a video of them smiling and laughing with the caption, 'robbed Dairy Queen tip jar'.
With the help of the license plate number, police were able to identify the owner of the getaway car -- and learned her daughter was involved. After the girls' Snapchat video began playing on the news, the other girls came forward.
"Four of the other girls turned themselves in and wanted to talk about the crime and said it was a mistake. They were talking about the video they did post. They saw themselves; they are embarrassed. It was dare," says Det. Lucas Balch from the St. Clair Shores police.
But as she mentioned from the beginning, Hope doesn't want to press charges against the girls, who could be looking at misdemeanor larceny. She just wants them to learn from their mistake.
"I hope they do; I'm not planning on prosecuting. I just want them to learn and be better," says Hope.
And now, they may also learn from the kindness of others.
St. Clair Shores Firefighters showed up Thursday afternoon to replace the money, and then some.
"We just want to take an unfortunate thing and make it better for you. We love the fact that you guys are here, it brings the neighborhoods and communities together, it's great. So we scraped together some money," says firefighter Anthony Porta.
Customers have also been leaving larger tips and donating what they can to show what this close-knit community is really known for.
"This city will be known for good deeds rather than the unfortunate things that do happen," Porta adds.