Can you believe that they stole them?! What punishment would you recommend?

United States
June 7, 2007 9:27am CST
I am still shaking my head in wonder. The month of May, our local police were kept busy by people who were going into our two local cemetaries and stealing flower arrangements off graves. These bandits then had the nerve to set up shops on local roadsides and sell these stolen arrangements to those looking for flowers to place on their loved one's graves in honor of Memorial Day!! They also took the flowers to large flea markets in neighboring counties to sell them. Have you ever heard of such? What punishment would be fitting for such a crime?
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
10 Jun 07
goodness that is really a low blow. it is so sad that people would stoop this way. I think it fitting that they return the unsold items, buy new arrangements to replace those already sold, and be sentenced to community service in the graveyard. by upkeeping the grounds, cleaning debris from the gravesites etc. but they must be watched, lest they choose to pilfer some more while they are at it.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
23 Jun 07
thank you, my friend, for choosing my response for B.R.
• United States
10 Jun 07
Oh my gosh, what next? I have not heard of that crime. It shows you what scum some human are. So selfish, only caring about themselves and money. It makes me sick. I hope they go to jail for a year to think about it.
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
10 Jun 07
That is amazing! What some people won't do! I'm still shaking my head! Hmmm...punishment...maybe they should have to clean and care for the whole cemetery for a month or something.
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@superchook (1786)
• Australia
7 Jun 07
I think these type of people should be locked up in jail for a while, it disrespectful to do what they are doing. I had to bury my daughter nearly six years ago and the amount of stuff I have had stolen or broken is terrible. It upsets me to think that there are people out there that will do that.
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@Dolcerina (3379)
• Hungary
7 Jun 07
Yes I have heard about it many times in my country. It is such a kind of business here. It is impossible to check all the graves continuously to avoid these thieves. These news made me (maybe others too) stop to buy big bouquet to our beloveds' graves.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
7 Jun 07
How horrible! That is so selfish of them to steal from the cemetary like that, and for their own personal gain. In our town we have a judge that does 'creative sentencing.' His ingenious sentencing has even hit the newspapers in New York city where my Aunt lives (and I'm in Ohio!) I think he probably would have had them do community service for many months at the local graveyard, cleaning up grave sites, weed-whipping, etc, etc, etc. Evidently bereavement means nothing to them, nor the sacredness of leaving gravesites alone. Whatever they would be sentenced, I'd make danged sure that bereaved families were in constant sight of them so they could understand more about how people grieve, and how floral arrangements are tributes to their loved ones. Personally...I'd just like to whack them on the head a couple times too, lol.
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@bam001 (941)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I can believe it! I have had family to have flowers stolen from graves. We couldn't believe it then, but now we do. Funny story, a week or so later, we were at another cemetary and recognized the flowers on one of the graves!
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7 Jun 07
I'd give them many years in jail. Although I've had this happen to my daughters grave and I was very saddened and very angry. So for those who steal them (as it has happened many times) should be locked up for many years. Or put in stocks to have stones thrown at them or their backsides kicked. Seriously though for those this has happened to would probably wish the same thing. Kudos, ~Joey
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• United States
7 Jun 07
I have heard of things being stolen off of graves - including American Flags off of Veteran's graves - which infuriates me. I have several family members that are veteran's and if someone stole the flags off of their graves, I would definitely want them punished. I'm not sure what a fitting punishment would be - other than tracking down each family and apologizing, paying to replace the flowers (or whatever they stole) and some sort of community service, like being the grounds keeper for the cemetery for a year - plus whatever the normal punishment is for stealing.
@inked4life (4227)
• United States
8 Jun 07
Digging a large hole in the cemetery and throwing them into it and then covering them over sounds like a fair punishment to me....some people just have no concept of morality or respect. On a similar subject, I didn't realize that removing anything from a cemetery (even flowers you yourself had previously placed there) is considered a federal offence. We have a lady in out paranormal group who does cemetery restorations and she filled us in on all the details.
• United States
8 Jun 07
Seriously?! OMG, then I wonder why these hoodlums that are doing the theivery here are not getting stiffer punishments?!! You mean if I place flowers on my Grandmother's grave and later go back to retrieve the vase to refill it or something, that is a federal offense?!
• United States
8 Jun 07
don't know if it's nationwide, but thats certainly the case here in Georgia...it was a surprise to me too
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I think they should have to do community service for a long time. They did an injustice to the community and they should have to pay them back. I dont think jail is fitting as they have it just too good in jail. Yep, Community service.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
12 Jun 07
That is the most awful thing I have ever heard. Why would anyone do such a thing and in a cemetary too?!! That is just so sad and they really deserve to be punished big time.
@teleios (738)
• Philippines
8 Jun 07
that is really unusual and disturbing. it just shows how low some people will stoop to get money. i'm hoping that these people got the punishment that they deserve. i'm sure there are a lot of other ways, more honorable and normal ones, to earn a decent living. stealing flowers from graves definitely should not be one of them!
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
8 Jun 07
People never fail to outdo themselves with their greed and selfishness. They should be made to put them all back, and to clean up all the graves and areas surrounding them. People have no respect, and it angers me to no end.
• United States
8 Jun 07
crazynurse My nephew's flowers-that we had placed on his grave-were taken and at first I was sad for my passed nephew. But he doesn't know. Later I came to understand the flowers that were taken to his gravesite was for me and my family. That was my way of showing love for my nephew. When the flowers were stolen, I thought that it would be ok if my nephew 'gave' the flowers to someone who could truly enjoy them. Once I released that in my deepest of feelings, I was able to let go of the anger I felt. So I just don't see that it is a big deal when a couple of days later the cemetary crew throw them away. When I spoke with the groundskeepers I was informed that they are kept for a minimum of 2 days up to 4 days. That, to me, is a waste. I hope the takers of my nephew's flowers planted them and that his peace is there with them.
• United States
8 Jun 07
That is really low. I hope they all got stiff sentences from the law.
@vampoet (825)
• Singapore
8 Jun 07
That is, I don't know creepy or weird or morbid or all of the above. I guess a fitting punishment would be to ask them to buy flowers from their own money and place them on every grave for a week...lol Another fitting punishment is morbid but it requires US putting flowers around THEIR grave..If we want to that is...