It is not everyday you walk into a grocery store and see a famous actor working the cash register, but does that give you the right to sneak a picture if you run into the scenario?

This was the case when a photo of Geoffery Owens scanning groceries went viral after 50 year-old Karma Lawrence snapped the sneak pic. “I was only devastated for an hour or two,” Owens told CNN in a recent interview. “It was hurtful but very short lived. What has been sustained, now over days, is how much love and support there is. Not just for me, but for working people. The idea that, ‘Hey, what’s wrong with working at Trader Joe’s, or any job like that?”

Before the story went live, though, Owens quit his job at the grocery store, which he had held for 15 months.

“As soon as I heard this story was in the works, I resigned because I didn’t feel that for my peace of mind and my dignity that I was going to be able to function there in a positive way, spiritually and emotionally,” Owens told CNN. Owens stated that in response to his resignation, Trader Joe’s suggested that he take temporary leave of absence instead so he can return to work at anytime.

While the company recognized Owens’ freedom to leave, they no doubt hated to lose a good worker. By leaving the door open for Owens to return, they showed that they cared about the person, not just the employee. As it turns out that Trader Joe’s actually has a great reputation as an employer. For one, the company has repeatedly been named to Glassdoor’s list of “Best Places to Work.” They offer decent compensation and benefits, such as health insurance for part-time workers (including dental and vision plans), annual pay increases, and plenty of opportunity for advancement.

Karma has since apologized for taking the sneaked photo of Geoffery saying, “I don’t know why I snuck a picture. I figured everybody does it. I don’t know what possessed me. I just did it. I didn’t even think about it. I just kind of did it on impulse and it was a bad impulse I actually wanted to go up to him and say something, but I thought, you might embarrass him. But then I did something that actually embarrassed him more. I didn’t go with my first instinct, and I should’ve.”

“It wasn’t malicious,” she said. “That’s on my kids, my grandkids, my parents. I’m not that type of a person. I’m not the monster they’re making me out to be. When I saw him working there I thought maybe because of everything with Bill Cosby that his residuals got cut,” she continued. “And people have to take a normal job. But I didn’t think anything bad about it. I work a normal job.”

Lawrence said she’s thought about reaching out to Owens, though she isn’t sure how.

“I would tell him, ‘I am extremely, extremely apologetic about what has happened,’ ” she said. “And if I could take it back, I would.”

Tyler Perry has offered Geoffery a job following the publicity of his hustle in a tweet saying, “#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.”