By Sandra Rose  | 

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An Atlanta man who nearly shot a teenager trying to steal his Benz explained why he let the kid go.

The incident was captured on surveillance video at a gas station in East Atlanta.

The undated video shows a 14-year-old boy casually approach the idling Mercedes and jump into the car.

Before the kid could drive off, the car's owner ran up to the vehicle with his gun drawn and the boy gave up without a fight.

The man and the boy then walk out of the camera frame.

Instagram blog @ATLuncensored shared video of the man explaining what happened afterwards.

The Macon, Georgia native said he realized the car thief was "just a kid" and he saw himself in the boy.

"I did some crazy sh*t when I was coming up, that I could'a got my head blowed off too, um when I was younger... I pretty much got him out the car, lifted his shirt up to make sure he didn't have no pistol on him, cause I was gonna take that."

The man said he talked to the youngster and advised him to get a new hustle. He said he wanted to discipline the fatherless boy.

"I wanted to whup him, you know what I'm saying. I wanted to knock his teeth out his mouth, but I didn't.

"He lived to see another day. The next person ain't gonna be as lenient as I am."

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