Karma Cleanser - Do I let klepto sleep on my couch?

Dear Karma Cleanser:

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A true story: Maybe six months back, I met a guy, “Mac.” He knew some other friends of mine and we hung around with him at the beach one weekend. Later, I mentioned to another friend that I’d been talking to Mac. This person, who I won’t name, just about lost his shit when he heard who I was hanging out with. He was like, “That guy is trouble,” and “He’s a known kleptomaniac.” I did not know how to handle his reaction.

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A few weeks after that, the friend who doesn’t like Mac got arrested for shoplifting. Ironic, huh? Now, Mac has lost his job and wants to know if he can crash on my couch for a couple of weeks. I want to say yes, because I like him a lot. But I also remember the warning I got from the other friend. It’s a screwed-up situation, I know. What should I do?

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-- Please Don’t Steal My Stuff

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A cynical seer would say that your sticky-fingered friend must’ve recognized something in Mac that he knows all too well — that is, it takes one to know one. But the Karma Cleanser looks for deeper answers. If your gut instincts tell you that Mac’s a good guy, go with it. The allegations against him came from a less than reputable source, and until Mac does something that directly offends you, give him the benefit of your doubts.