Stealing is wrong, most of us agree (except those who steal). I’m surprised that Wal-mart security did not catch this guy at the door!
But working for a wage (or as a professional, for a large fee) and theft are not even related.
MOST THIEVES HAVE JOBS. Bernie Madoff had a good one. Lance Armstrong was another hard worker, along with his famous friends in the baseball industry, who were thieves.
Saying that thieves are people who do not have jobs is like saying that we all know that blacks are lazy and Indians are drunks who can’t be trusted, and so on and so forth, including the French immigrants to Maine who were treated as trash by the Klu Klux Klan in Maine in the era of Herbert Hoover.
Ask anyone who works in store security, like a place like Wal-mart, and they will tell you that the majority of thefts from their organizations come from WITHIN THE COMPANY, by EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE ACCESS TO CODES and the warehouse.
I have been poor for a lot of my life and became homeless after Vietnam, BUT I DO NOT STEAL. However, as I age, I am no longer surprised by the huge amount of dishonesty that goes on among human beings. Including, of course, characterizing thieves as people without a job.
PS A prominent woman in my town whose husband owned several businesses stole $5,000 from her job at the United States Postal Service, and was prosecuted and convicted. She had a gambling habit.
PS The average age and sex of a person in Maine, convicted of embezzlement of large amounts of money (over $100,000), is a woman in her 50s, who has been a bookkeeper for twenty years, and stolen all of that time, as friends and neighbors trusted her with their money.
The only sensible option may be Decriminalization? That's what happened with alcohol, America's biggest drug problem.
People didn't like it, but alcool is comparatively cheap, compared to how much it cost when gangsters sold it. The state is not subsidizing alcoolics, and gambling has also been decriminalized, along with many other changes in our society.
Obviously, for some reason, a certain group of people have a deep seated desire for certain behaviors, which may be genetic in it's origin, but whatever the cause, just won't go away. Are you going to build expensive prisons for all of these people, or are you going to find a way for them to get their addiction monitored in a safe and cheap manner (much like alcohol).
Well, since nobody will agree on anything, I won't even bother to take a side to this issue, but I will say that BATH SALTS, with it's terribly destructive paranoid behavior has taken solid root in northern Maine, and I guess it's either decriminalize some more behaviors, or buiild some huge prisions.
Anybody my age will remember the silly movie called ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, with the recently deceased Ernest Borgnine as one of the main actors. It's either turn a city in to a huge prision, or find some other way of dealing with people's addictions, I guess?
The year I graduated from high school, 1968, my Mother got remarried and sent me off to Penn State, a place I didn't belong, because she was starting a new family, wanted me out of the way, and we know that every parent desires their child to be a university graduate.
Joe Paterno's fame and winning streak had just started at that time.
I stayed less than a semester, before becoming depressed, quitting, and reviving my young adult life with a simple job, feeling very good about myself at the time.
The next year, the draft and Vietnam caught up with me and radically changed my life, as it did to many others. Frankly, a lot of those male students were purposely attending Penn State to avoid the draft and Vietnam.
I remember the craziness of the college football fanaticism, and the reverence for Joe Paterno. Now, it reminds me of the reverence for the Reverend Bob Carlson of Bangor, who was found to be having sex with young boys for many years, and never even attended the divinity school he claimed a degree from.
It's really easy to make heroes out of people. At one time, Adolph Hitler was the hero of many in the world. Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis was another hero who fell from grace. For better or worse, all heroes have feet made of clay, and we know what happens to clay after severe rains.
Roger Stavitz in Danforth, Maine, who was abused by my loving parents, and cries for these kids who were left for Jerry Sandusky to have his way with.