Is this stealing??

United States
May 12, 2008 11:49am CST
So we were driving home yesterday and we passed a Hidden Treasures store. It's this discount store that supports our city's homeless shelter. Anyways, they were closed and someone had left some things in the parking lot that once open would be taken inside to resell. One of the things was a plastic sliding board so we took it. Me and my husband were arguing because I don't feel that was stealing but he does. What do you all think?
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@paid2write (5202)
12 May 08
Your husband is right. Not only is it stealing, but you have stolen from the poor homeless people who would have benefitted from the sale of this item. You must go back to the store and give them some money. You don't have to explain why, just tell them it's a donation.
• United States
12 May 08
that's a better idea. I will have to do that.
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
12 May 08
By law yes it is stealing. You took something that was not yours. It was given to the store. We have a thirft shop here where everyone just leaves the stuff in the back parking lot they installed video cameras and there is a sign that all donations left there become there property and taking anything is stealing and punishable by law.
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• United States
12 May 08
that is a good point. I don't know if there were cameras, I really don't think there were but I didn't see any signs either. I mean if there happens to be something in the paper about it being stolen I will happily give it back.
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• United States
12 May 08
yea,they would consider it stealing.the salvation army near me started pressing charges on people for doing just that.they had to though,people were coming by at night and taking all the donations,not just one item.
@gabrielle47 (1221)
• Philippines
12 May 08
I think that was a bit stealing as the person who left it there meant to give it to the homeless. It was left there for a purpose and you know it. I guess it would be nice to take it back to be given to the homeless. Maybe you are more fortunate that you can afford to buy it. Or give something for the homeless in replacement of the sliding board you got?
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
16 May 08
Your husband is right! It is stealing. And, it is stealing at its worst. It is stealing from a company that uses the money they earn from people who buy the items that they sell to do charitable work for others who need it. It is stealing something from the honest person who would have bought it and, in a way, would have been earning good Karma points by helping a charitable company. And, it is stealing for you child who is now learning that theft is ok because Mommy can dream up a way to justify her thieving actions. I hope you won't be too sad when either you are torn away from your daughter to spend some time in jail or, someday, she isn't in jail for the lessons her mommy taught her when she was young. Are you familiar with the word and the meaning of Karma? It is a vicious beast and, when people have a tendency to do things that, either directly or indirectly hurt others, Karma has a tendency to make them hurt somehow for their sins against others! So, good luck to you!
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
18 May 08
I feel sorry for the child too! Hopefully the father is more of an influence than her thieving mommy!
@jrsmith (293)
• United States
18 May 08
Unfortunately it is stealing. But you can make it right. Just do what is right and fix it so you will feel better.