It is becoming a constant – stealing. Trust is very difficult to maintain when so many people find the art of stealing to be okay. It is not so much the big things but the little things.
I was at the supermarket and reached for a bar of chocolate while at the same time a young mother also reached for a small chocolate bar and as I stood back thinking what else I could indulge into I watched this same mother reach for a kiddies bar for her toddler. This is rather an ordinary scene but as we were in the same isle I was slightly behind her as she moved around the isles. Within a few steps she opened the chocolate package for her toddler who wasted no time eating the treat and then she herself munched into her chocolate, as we shopped they continued to enjoy their treats. I have no concern if she were to claim the treats at the check out – but she didn’t. I lost sight of her for awhile as I did my own shopping but then come the check out – as it turned out – I walked up behind her. I watched as the previous shopper paid and left and this young mother placed her shopping on the check out belt. As I was directly behind her I waited for her to claim the two chocolates, one she ate and the other she gave to her toddler. But she didn’t. I stood in awe as it was my turn to be served. I felt the strong need to say something but then I decided not to make a scene. This is an example of bold theft. This is stealing. Some people view that it makes no difference because these are large supermarket chains that are wealthy but where do you draw the line?
Honesty is honesty and stealing is stealing. If it does not belong to you, then you should not take it. Then I questioned myself about stealing. I always take the small soap in the hotel room but I always considered it was a part of my stay. Ah it is difficult.
Stealing is stealing and what a world this is that it is taken in such a casual light. Stealing is a lack of respect.
Another incident was when a neighbour was taking flowers and plants from my garden – this was some years ago. I had no idea who it was, but I noticed some plants were completely uprooted. Nice plants which I took pride in. Another neighbour had come home late one night from the movies and noticed this other neighbour helping herself to my garden. So I set a trap – in my own garden I set a trap. It took many new plants and two weeks of stalking in my own property but then I finally caught her. The sickening part was she laughed in my face and confessed she had been doing it for years. It started with stealing clippings and then she got bold with uprooting plants. She told me it was not stealing because the earth belongs to everyone. I reported it to the police and the only real thing I could do was have her charged with trespassing on my property. It is a disgusting business but I had to resort to that in the end. Out of spite she takes the occasional plant and then denies it. But what a horrible situation when in your own home you cannot be spared from theft.
Don’t steal it is not nice and it is really very disrespectful.