Why are some people so dishonest?!

@marina321 (4561)
January 14, 2009 6:53am CST
I moved into this new house recently and was having the broadband and phone fixed this morning... Well, the guy came earlier than was planned so I was all busy getting my daughter prepped for school so didn't have time to look over his shoulder etc.. Anyway, he gets in and where does it all go? - TV-there, broadband in here and phone there.. and he asked me who's wireless router is this? Said it must be the landlord's as I found it here... All goes to plan and everything's done and when he's gone and I am looking around, he has taken the wireless router! Now, I know it was not by mistake coz he asked whose router it was??? Anyway, have had to ring the company back and ask he return the router and I sure hope he gets told off for it! I have to get it back and I am ready to make a big fuss even more so because it was not mine but my landlord's.. Has someone ever taken something from your house hoping you wouldn't notice but you did straight away? What did you do? Did they return it? Amazing how people can be so dishonest, selfish and foolish, I mean this guy could even lose his job over something so stupid! To think I even offered him a cup of tea?!
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@sweetie1026 (1723)
• Philippines
14 Jan 09
Oh, that is awful. How could someone do that. I mean he really put his job on the line by doing that. Does he think it is worth it? But sometimes people just do stupid things. Maybe he thought that since you said it didn't belong to you that he might as well keep it.
@marina321 (4561)
14 Jan 09
Too bad for him I have got 'good attention to detail' and I have got on this right away, he has been radio'ed and is on the way back... I have got to waste some more hours waiting for him to return it now! but as long as he does in the end... My landlord would have wondered if I'd made do with it myself once I moved from the property It was indeed something stupid on his part to even remove this from the premises as it is clearly marked a different company from the one he was replacing the old modem for..
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• Philippines
14 Jan 09
Too bad that you have to waste you time waiting for him now. He even made a damage to people who belong to his field of work. Well by what he did people now will think that almost all of these service men and the like are dishonest as him. Poor guys they have to suffer in a deed they don't even have the idea about. I mean there are some good repair and service men, who do their jobs well. But now, because of that, of course, people will have second thoughts, without the intention of hurting the feelings of these men.
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@pergammano (7691)
• Canada
14 Jan 09
this is a sad story, and a sad reflection on humanity! And we are forced to be victims, as we have to let these service people into our homes! Good on you, reporting him was "top notch." I am wondering about the company supplying these services...do they NOT have a criminal record check, and are their employees not bonded! Check your home carefully, something else might be missing! I am sorry for you, as it seems like a personal violation of your private space! And to top it all off, you were so cordial!
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@marina321 (4561)
14 Jan 09
It is a shame that indeed in this day and age, some people can't be trusted I agree with you, people are continuously ripped off by these service men; especially the elderly! I have been looking round all the rooms he was in to see if anything else is missing I don't think he'll ever do something so silly again coz I have informed the company..., 'mistake or no mistake' if I gave him the benefit of the doubt but it had a different name on it to the one of the company he's doing installations for.
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• Canada
15 Jan 09
What an ingrate! The company should take him off installations, you caught him, but is there others whom haven't? And you are so right, the dear elderly...it is happening so often in this country (B.C., Canada) and I don't know if it is a reflection of the economic doom and gloom OR? I just feel so awful for you, as I would really have trouble ever trusting another serviceman! Just an aside, when my son was born 28 years ago....if he would have been a girl, the name would have been; Marina Ashley! Cheers!
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@mysdianait (65079)
• Italy
14 Jan 09
That's bad and stupid! Now youalso have to waste your own time to wait for him too? Whatever excuse will he make for having taken it in the first place?? Yes I lost a bracelet years ago. I had the painters in for a few days decorating my house and I had a habit of leaving it in the kitchen when I took it off before putting on a saucepan of water to boil the pasta. That evening I left it there and the next morning it was gone and the painters had already arrived. I never got it back. I know it was my own fault for leaving it thre but surely in my own home I can leave things where I know I would find them later?
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@marina321 (4561)
14 Jan 09
Sorry bout the bracelet... You're right about leaving things where you would find them... I only used to hide things away when my daughter was still very young. I actually kinda thought I should leave it when I first noticed but then thought he's probably still about the area and should bring it back! He's going to be bringing it back, what nigs me is my time as I plan my day-offs from work to do all my errands and it is my b-day tomorrow and I had a full list of things to do today so I could rest tomorrow... Anyway, here myLotting for now, chores are done at least!
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@Frederick42 (2019)
• Canada
14 Jan 09
Dishonesty is increasing all over the world. I think our unlimited desires is the cause. now, man's desires are the maximum. he wants everything and that is what we are taught from childhood. We are taught to be ambitious, to achieve more and more. However, one has to remember that there are not unlimited opportunities to fulfil our unlimited desires.
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@marina321 (4561)
14 Jan 09
Still digesting all of that but we are also told in childhood not to take things that do not belong to us!
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
14 Jan 09
Could the router be part of his company's equipment? Some companies loan them out with their service. I know that in the early days of cable, the "cable box" (the equipment for changing channels) was on loan from the company. If you cancelled, they took it back.
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@marina321 (4561)
14 Jan 09
Totally get what you mean rocketj1 and that is why I told the company he probably took it by mistake when I rang them up the first time....and I do like to give people the benefit of the doubt but I had also clearly stated it was the landlord's.. Have been with this company before and also at my previous address and they do not supply wireless routers (they ask you to buy one and they will install it if you want) and this one was clearly marked another company's name... They do take back the old modems which he did; he simply coulda asked me before taking it...
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
14 Jan 09
It was pretty brazen then , considering he had talked to you about it and obviously then you would know that it was he that took it! I hope he "catches it" at work!
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Marina, our phone company doesn't even take the old modems. We have both of the old ones we've had to have replaced. I think the man was probably thinking he could use the router if you weren't going to use it and you'd probably never miss it. He'll probably give you a big story about him thinking it belonged to the company although you told him that it was your landlord's. I don't know why some people can so easily pick up something of someone else's! He may lose his job over this one!
• India
16 Jan 09
Really a fool man.How can he be so much dihonest. A similar incidence was there.A cableman came to my house and i was about to give him some instrument for ease of his work.when i got inside of my room and came back i found my some cd's are not there.so i just checked his bag and i found them there.that was a real funny experience for me.
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@marina321 (4561)
17 Jan 09
Gosh! That was rather foolish stealing your CDs! Good, you caught him in the act
15 Jan 09
I dont think he stole it....i think he removed it. You said "It was here when i got here....must be landlords" And he came to fit a whole new system and therefore it wasnt needed anymore. I think he just removed it as it was no longer needed and probably never thought that you would mind. He may have just thought he was doing you a favour by getting rid of it for you. There really is no need to jump to conclusions about it. As the other guy said "Why would he steal it?" ......it isnt worth his job is it?
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@marina321 (4561)
16 Jan 09
Had the same thoughts here first then I also noted that the item didn't have his company name on it and they normally either take their old modems or leave them and they do not supply routers; also checked the value of the item online as I waited for it to be returned and he would have got good money for it
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
15 Jan 09
Hi there! Well luckily I have never experienced anything like that. Whenever I let other people inside the house, I don't get my eyes off of them. I watch them intently if they will try to steal something. It's not that I don't trust people but I am always careful about letting strangers inside the house. We don't really know what those cable guys or repairmen are thinking so I'm just being cautious. But if ever that happens to me I will call the company and report immediately what their employee did. I'll make sure that they return whatever the person took from me. Ciao!
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@marina321 (4561)
16 Jan 09
I will be watching people like a hawk next time they're about! Can't be too cautious with strangers even when they seem nice...
@tammytwo (4302)
• United States
14 Jan 09
Where are people's morals these days? So many believe they just have the right to go into someone else's home and take things. How crazy is that? This man was there to perform a service and he takes something from your home. He should be fired. He stole something and I agree, it probably was no accident. He just figured you wouldn't miss it because you admitted it wasn't yours.
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@marina321 (4561)
15 Jan 09
Yup, some service men are utterly ridiculous! Yes, I suppose he thought I wouldn't really mind it was gone but all the items would be accountable to landlord at end of my tenancy; maybe I'd have noticed much later on and he could've well denied it then The company has made sure it's been returned
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@vinyl123 (21)
• United States
14 Jan 09
Ohh wow, I can't believe he stole that! He probably did something similiar and got away with it. He made a mistake by mentioning it! Do you think you would have noticed if he hadn't said anything? I've never had anyone try to steal something from me (that I know of.) I would be livid if they did though! I hope that man loses his job.
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@marina321 (4561)
15 Jan 09
I probably wouldn't have noticed right away if he hadn't said anything...would have noticed many days later!
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@eshaan (6193)
• India
14 Jan 09
yes it happened with me too and mostly such workers do it...we lost one mobile durign rennovation and some clothes, new pant of my hubby....the painters took it away while it was drying....and when such work is going on in the house, things are scattered here and there as we can't move freely in the house and they take the benefit of such situations.
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@marina321 (4561)
15 Jan 09
Yup, some people do take advantage of other's situations and it is so petty what they do...must be just because they believe they can get away with it, so why not?!
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
16 Jan 09
Gee - I hope you got the router back! Some people are incredible - it never ceases to amaze me. A few years ago, my son had a car accident - he and his friends had to get out of the car quickly, as it was perched half over a bridge. The car was towed to a smash repairs place, and when my son went there later, he found $40 was gone from the glovebox. He and his friends had been on their way to a party and had put the money in to buy drinks. So, someone helped themselves - either from the tow company or the smash place. We'll never know. It adds insult to injury, though!
@marina321 (4561)
17 Jan 09
Yup, got it back.. I sure was mad at the time! Looks like someone was really opportunistic there with that car situation...
@marina321 (4561)
17 Jan 09
I am sure you were all just glad your son and friends were ok...
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
17 Jan 09
So glad you were able to recover the router! Yep, we were really relieved the boys were all okay ... but it leaves a nasty taste in the mouth, and just adds another horrible aspect to the whole thing. The car was written off - so it was pretty crappy all round.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
16 Jan 09
It saddens me that some people cannot be trusted. I have no idea what that guy was thinking, like he wouldn't get caught, what a dishonest idiot! I recently had my purse taken out of my bag with our entire pay in it. I was sitting at a table in MacDonalds answering a text message and had my bag right next to me and I mean right next to me. I stupidly forgot to clasp it shut and my purse was visible. I don't know how they did it but when I glanced at my bag the purse was gone. I received a phone call later that evening from a gas station; apparently my purse was found in the ladies toilet with all its contents except money and credit cards strewn all over the floor. I was very upset as we could not afford to lose all that money and I felt so hurt that another person would do that to another. It really really hurts that there are individuals out there who don't care at all and will blatantly take what others have worked hard for. The guy who came to your house probably deserves to lose his job but if he has been given another chance I sincerely hope he will come to the realization of how immoral his behaviour was and change his ways.
@marina321 (4561)
17 Jan 09
Sorry about your purse, that must've been so upsetting losing your pay like that! Some people are often looking for opportunities I think... We'd gone to McDonalds too recently with my daughter after shopping and I left my bags with her at a table by the window while I went to order. I kept glancing over my shoulder to look at her and noticed two young lads looking at my bags and looking around to see if anyone was looking..(I had a Sony DVD player in one...) and they'd seen it through the window; as soon as they saw I'd seen them, they took off! I now order first before we find a sit!
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
17 Jan 09
Unbelievable isn't it? Best not to leave stuff unattended. Can't trust too many people! Shame! Take care.
@jdyrj777 (6543)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Yes, i have had things dissappear. It just feels so unjust because i do not steal. I dont even barrow. Anymore i dont loan. Whats even weirder is when something comes up missing but later returns to an odd location. A location you know you did not put it cause you have been there many times while your item was missing.
@marina321 (4561)
16 Jan 09
I suppose that may be when the person who took it returns it when they think you may find they took it...
@jdyrj777 (6543)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I think it may have been a case of the stealing room mate with a twinge of conscience.
@derek_a (10897)
15 Jan 09
Well, I think that was a pretty stupid thing for him to have done. He knew you knew about the router and yet he was willing to risk his job for the few dollars it may have been worth. It makes me think that with all this sort of greed and dishonesty it's no wonder that we are facing such abysmal times.. :-( Derek
@marina321 (4561)
16 Jan 09
I agree it was rather stupid! Actually, if he hadn't mentionned it, I probably wouldn't have noticed it had gone so that was rather stupid too
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@derek_a (10897)
17 Jan 09
Well, they say the thief always returns to the scene of his crime and maybe there's a subconscious desire to get caught an punished, so maybe his behaviour was to ensure he got punished.. :-) Derek
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
15 Jan 09
i just knew u were going to say he took it. glad u did call the company, i would have to. i hate a liar & a thief. i hope u get it back. the landlord should prosecute if u don't. no sense in people acting like that!!
@marina321 (4561)
16 Jan 09
Yup, got it back...thankfully! Would thrown a big tantrum if the company hadn't acted fast!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
17 Jan 09
don't blame u, i would have to.
@onlydia (2808)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Yes as a matter of fact. But it was my change they took and it was my family and they showed my son how to steal my change. I no longer let them in my house. My son has learned over the years not to steal my money/change as it can be painful. Or very cold. You have a great day. Your friend onlydia
@marina321 (4561)
16 Jan 09
That's terrible that they'd teach a child that... Good that he does not do that anymore. Have a great weekend
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Oh thatnk you I had a great weekend. You have a wonderful week. I am trying to do these but not in to it as much. Kind of bla. If you know what I mean. YOur fjriend onlydia
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
14 Jan 09
some people are that dumb just cause you said it wasnt yours didnt mean he should take it . So hope ya get it back. Yup I didnt know for about a month till I got bank statement and found a check spent I didnt write. I went to the place that it was wrote on and they said I sure wasnt the perosn also wnet to bank! showed them well did some investugation and found out it was a girl that had been in the house stole it out of my purse Now i know the family was broke and I wouldnt have minded so much but she bought clothes instead of food for herkids! grrr andy way took her to the store and they told me it had been her. Well my hubby was the foreman over her hubby . DIdnt get the money back but she never came ariound again. and know her hubby really gave her a bawling out. Just hope she never did that to any one else!
@marina321 (4561)
16 Jan 09
Yup, I did get it back.. That gal was so brazen to steal your personal cheques... I know for one having worked in a bank before, she'd get done for fraud and the bank would have re-imbursed the amount if you'd reported it to police and they'd demand it back as a debt from that person... You're really good at letting that one go, I certainly wouldn't have!
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
17 Jan 09
Oh she knew I knew. what she had done I even had told her that if had been for food I wouldne ave cared so much. My hbby could have fired her hubby but he just gave him a waring!
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
14 Jan 09
We rent a home with a yard. I love tulips and other flowers where you simply put in the bulbs in the fall and be done with it for years to come. Anyhow, I had done that in the fall just after we moved in and was happy to see the tulips in the spring. Well, that fall we had some water problems in the basement and the landlord sent some contractors over to fix it. It was a couple (a man and a woman). They took the flower bed apart and much further than need be. Apparently the woman saw the tulip bulbs and decided to collect them all. At first I thought she was nice enough to save them for me to put them aside so nicely. I thought they would put them back in or something. No. She got a bucket from the truck, put them in there, and proceeded to put the bucket in the truck and to clean up. I went outside and told her that I put those tulips in and really would like to put them back into the flowerbed when they were done. She was upset, dumped them in the driveway and said that I should get them in the ground right away or they'll be bad... Then they continued to clean up and she intentionally stepped on a couple (I couldn't get them gathered up fast enough). Yes, it's just flower bulbs, and they are not that costly, but it's the point of it. You just don't take something from somebody's residence even if you think it's not theirs. I can't believe the guts of that guy who came to your house and took the router. I'm sure he'll talk his way out of it and claim he grabbed it by accident... yeah right!
• United States
14 Jan 09
That is horrible. Trying to steal the bulbs. They cannot be that expensive. From the sounds of this one this woman was out to get your tulips all along. Then to go and try to ruin them so you could not have them. THat is pretty sorry. Wouldn't that be kind of like moving your car out of the way and thinking just because it had to be relocated you did not want it. Even if it was tulips they were your tulips to begin with.
@marina321 (4561)
15 Jan 09
What a horrible woman?! she could've just said she didn't think you wanted them and handed them back but step on them??!
@reasco1 (299)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Hello marina321, I think that with the economy as it is today people are more pressed about evey other thing that they may be doing things that they would not do before, everone is looking for something to help thier situation out and that means stealing and cheating from each other. It's a sad reality all we can do is pray for that person and let God bring them out of what ever struggle they may be in. Then again some people just love to take from others, Have a good day.
@marina321 (4561)
17 Jan 09
Yes, some people like to take what is not theirs and some are just opportunistic! Good day to you too...