Have you ever stolen money from family?

@mimpi1911 (25473)
India
February 20, 2009 5:55am CST
As children we tend to sneak in stuffs which includes pennies and cents also. I remember lifting 50p 100p coin from the place in the closet where my mom used to keep changes. It was fun! And that was for my piggy bank. My mom found out and that was the end of it. I was still getting the money from my mom. Only difference was I was earning it by doing errands or finishing my tasks in time or by helping my mom do the chores and stuff like that. And trust me, the money was sweeter. I still have the piggy bank as a memento! Want to hear your stories, if you are comfortable with it.
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@May2008 (179)
• China
20 Feb 09
I have never stolen money from the family. Maybe it is because my parents are very strict with me. If I did something wrong, I am quite afraid that they may scold me or even beat me. Haha, I am very timid. If I were a boy, everything may change. I think that experience must be very exciting for a child. Childhood is always so unforgettable.
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@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
21 Feb 09
In countries like ours boys do things and can get away with it, I agree but not always. In my family its the same for both. I am glad that you were as sweet in your childhood.
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
20 Feb 09
My Dad used used to keep the small change around on his shelf. When i was in school, i used to love to have some ice cream as often as i could. And although my mom used to give me some pocket money every week, that would hardly last a day or two. I got away with it on a couple of occassions, but the third time i got caught by my mom. And the dressing down i got , still remmeber it till this day. I was around 11-12 years old then. No pocket money for the next 2 months was the end result. I had the piggy bank too, but that was saving and could not be touched. Anyway ater 3 months, mom after being convinced with my good behaviour, decided to reinstate the pocket money under the condition that i would desist from eating the ice creams at school and she would make them at home.
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@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
20 Feb 09
Back then you were still eating ice creams and having fun!! No wonder you are an ace panda spanker! I think, sneaky stuffs are always fun unless you get caught and once you do, no way you would do it again! My mom, your mom and all parents make sue the kids do not...
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
20 Feb 09
That's the way parents are , the right amount of stick and carrot to make sure we get the messaage right. Yes, i was eating ice creams then, as i am right now while commenting. I'm sure you had your fair share of chocolates too.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
21 Feb 09
Yes I had. I wish I had liqueur still left but never mind, Chilli is different..
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@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I didn't take any money from my mom when I was a kid. However I did take some money from my then husband at the time without him knowing. I never stole from my own family.
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@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
20 Feb 09
Thanks for being honest, sea beauty. I find most wives here who are home makers do a lot of hanky panky with their husband's money. And trust me they use it constructively whenever they need it to. I feel that they are dynamic fund managers by their own rights!
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• United States
21 Feb 09
I've stolen money from my brother, Lol.
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Hey mimpi! You know I don't think that I ever did steal money from my family, at least not that I can remember! I may have taken some change from my grandmother's purse, but I'm not even sure that I did that! I never took money from my mother though. We had alot of financial problems because of my pathological lying father and money was a big issue for my mom and she knew exactly what she had at all times! And since my brother and I had to help support the family since my father was hardly ever working we gave her money!
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@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
21 Feb 09
I really appreciate your sensibility even at that tender age! No wonder you have grown up to be such a good human!
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• China
20 Feb 09
I have never stolen money from family.I always thought that my mom was watching me when i wanted to get the money from family,so i also believed that she could konw it if i overcome my desire and i expected her commendation for my self-control.
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@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
21 Feb 09
Yo know what as a kid even I used to think that moms are all pervasive and can watch us from any where. So even when I am taking shower I had to clean myself the way my mom wanted me to for I though she was watching!
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• Philippines
20 Feb 09
i have never ever stolen money from any of the members of our family because i think it's wrong and i don't want to use any money that is not mine. i know that earning money is not an easy task and i value each of their hardwork. i myself wouldn't want my money to be used without permission.
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@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
21 Feb 09
You are a great soul marshiemallows, I really appreciate.
@derek_a (10894)
20 Feb 09
When I was about 8-9 years old I wanted to buy a knife in a local store, but my parents said I could not have it as it would be too dangerous. Next morning, I stole from my mother's purse enough to buy it. I thought is was a beautiful knife with a bone handle, but the teacher saw me with it and told my parents. My dad took the knife and stopped and I had to go without money until I had repaid my mother. I didn't ever do it again as I remember feeling so ashamed.. Derek
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@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
21 Feb 09
That's an honest confession, Derek, I really appreciate. I think the teacher did the the right thing for the child you were, you were not aware of the fatal knife activities....
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@bharken (89)
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
When I was still a child, I think around age 6 or 7. I stole some pennies and cents on my mom's purse. That was at night, she was sleeping and I sneaked in to her bag. I got so many pennies. When I'm almost done, she woke up and caught me. Waaa! To bad I got spanked on the butt many times. LOL!
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@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
21 Feb 09
Hahaha...that's the case for most...
@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
23 Feb 09
Hi Dear hope u must be doing well well i never stolen money from Home as most of stuff was abvailable at home and other i was given Pocket money too and i never had piggy bank, and max we i used it for 2-3 days and for that i get the FGOECED money from every one, LOL Take care
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
24 Feb 09
I really appreciate Cupid. The more I know you the more extraordinary you seem! Great!!
@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
24 Feb 09
Thanks Mou for such nice words but trust me i am simple , average person, nothing special or noticeable in me Take care
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
24 Feb 09
Simple is most uncommon!
@jdyrj777 (6541)
• United States
21 Feb 09
No, i never stole from family. But i have had countless family members steal from me. My son stole some silver dollars and $2. bills from my collection way back when he was little. The last theif was my granddaughter. When i called her on it she stopped talking to me. Its now been 2 years since she talk to me. Her mother and stepdad are sticking up for her. I know without doubt she is guilty. Never would have brought it up if i was in doubt. I do not know what to do about this gap. I hate her not talking to me.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
26 Feb 09
This is off putting! I think there is a serious lag in parenting. The girl has to be told and taught a lesson before she does it anymore!
@jdyrj777 (6541)
• United States
26 Feb 09
Yes, thats the way i feel too. If i had known how they were going to handle it i would have just kept it under this roof. It really angers me that they would take her lame story over that of the grandma. Do they think i dont know what im talking about or what? I want better for my granddaughter than i had or my kids had. Do they think i would just call without knowing without a doubt that she is guilty?
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
7 Mar 09
I think they are only digging their own fall!
@dpk262006 (56736)
• Delhi, India
21 Feb 09
Yes, I was somewhat like you. I would to steal 20p coins from my mother's wallet, which she would collect because at that time 20p coins were newly introduced and it had gold colour. But like you, ultimately I was got caught one day, when the number of coins reduced from my mother's wallet. I was thrashed and was given a long lecture, I realized my folly and decided not to steal like it. It was a lesson for me, which I have not forgotten till today. I feel when we used to very young, we were too innocent to understand the meaning of stealing.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
13 Mar 09
Yes and kids do it for fun in most cases or in order to by something which they think their parents would not provide them with.
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@dpk262006 (56736)
• Delhi, India
16 Mar 09
Yes, desires of a kid are endless.................. Cannot we be kids again?
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
16 Mar 09
Well, am still is! Its just a matter of thinking.
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• Australia
12 May 09
I've never stolen money, but when left alone at home, I would raid all the foods that I wasn't allowed to eat (but my sisters were). I don't think my parents ever noticed, or if they did, they never worked out it was me. I wasn't allowed these foods as punishment for not being perfect (that's what it felt like), so I rebeled against it and waited until the car was safely out of the driveway. We are talking chocolate, biscuits, dried fruits, chips and probably more things too. I also used to sneak computer time, which they never knew, as I was only allowed 3 hours a week in total, while my sisters had 7 hours a week (they were younger than me). I felt it was unfair, so if i knew my parents were going out for a few hours, I'd do a snack raid and then play games on the computer. Before sneaking the food and computer time, I always made sure I had done my chores or I knew I would be found out!
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
14 May 09
I think we all do such stuffs and you have valid reasons for that. I do not know what made your parents take that step. But the good part is you completed all your chores and then sneaked computer time. And you must have done it wit perfection or else your parents would come to know about it.
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• Australia
15 May 09
My parents believed that a lot of my problems back then were dietary related, so certain foods were removed from my diet. The interesting thing was, I was worse off those foods lol. As for the computer time? Well, I did kind of almost get caught one time. The computer crashed while they were out, and I kind of had to come up with a way to wriggle out of it. I just told them I was trying to print off a school assignment, which did the trick - I'd already printed the assignment off before hand though, which was lucky! lol.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
21 May 09
That's mighty clever of you!!
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@riyasam (16567)
• India
7 Mar 09
my dad used to come home dog tired from college(hes a professor) and keep the change in the safe and he never locked it.when he used to go to sleepwe (i mean me and my siblings)would take all the change(we used to use it to buy golas,imli lacchhi sweet,etc)i think my father knew,we used to take the money but he never used to say anything.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
12 Mar 09
Imli?! Gola?! Sound great!! Anything for these....
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@riyasam (16567)
• India
15 Mar 09
even now i am crazy for imlis,there is a tamarind tree near our home and i get my hubby to pluck some for me,much to the embarrasement of my mom-in-law
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
16 Mar 09
How could he say NO! That would have made him ended up in the couch...
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Long time ago, I needed a certain amount of money for some stupid class. I had to pay for that stupid plastic recorder. Well, I saw these coins laying around and my dumb fault I didn't ask my parents. They found out after I brought home a receipt for the recorder, and they asked where I got the money to pay for it. Boy did I get into a lot of trouble. Come to find out they where silver dollars that my dad was collecting. That was the one and only time I ever took something without asking for it. My butt was sore for a few weeks after it was all said and done, .
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
5 Mar 09
Silver coins!! you go girl ! LL.. Seriously, I am sure that you would have stopped it irrespective of the spanking.
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
6 Mar 09
Oh I stopped after I paid for the stupid recorder, after the spanking. I wish I had asked for the money in the first place.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
7 Mar 09
Yes, that would have saved your back...
• United States
21 Feb 09
I have never stolen money or anything else from anyone, but I have had both money and credit card numbers stolen from me. My oldest brother used to steal all of our money if he could get his hands on it. Even after getting caught and being punished he'd still steal! Later on in life my children's father stole my credit card numbers and ran up my credit card. Took me years to pay them off. Then my oldest son stole money off me on more than one occasion even after I punished him. It's not a good feeling to have money you have worked hard for swiped right from under your nose. The one time my son stole money (and gave it to his father) it was my rent money. I was left to explain to the landlord that my money for the rent was stolen. That wasn't a very nice experience either. I personally would never dream of stealing money from anyone.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
13 Mar 09
This is offputting! Repeatedly you are being taken advantage of. Some people will never come out of it. Pls take care of yourself.
• United States
13 Mar 09
I couldn't agree with you more that it's off putting! I have a habit now of never carrying cash over $40 or keeping larger amounts of cash in my home. When I do have to keep a larger amount of cash to pay a specific bill I now have a safe where I lock it up. This has also caused me not to trust people where money is concerned.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
14 Mar 09
I know, its difficult to trust anyone when your family do this to us! Luckily, we can now carry plastic money but even those cards are not safe! What you do, is a good way to keep them off your money.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
21 Feb 09
I was allowed to get change from my folks change jar. They knew that my brother would steal my allowance as soon as I got it. He was the one that was horrible about stealing money, candy, possessions etc. He never grew out of it either! I haven't heard from in in 26 years and I don't miss him either. He grew up as a bad seed and has lived his life that way too. I would have loved to have a loving brother but he didn't want family or the life style that goes with it.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
13 Mar 09
I am sorry dear. But I think kids must be monitored in childhood days for they become what they learn in those few years.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
13 Mar 09
My brother was just one of those people that nothing ever got through his thick skull. My folks tried their best to instill better values in him, and punished him for stealing but it never changed him. It's kind of interesting the total difference between my brother and me. He is a mean spirited thief who will do anything that is against the law, while I am a very loving giving person who obeys the law to the best of my ability. Go figure!
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
14 Mar 09
Loverbear, sometimes inspite of good parenting kids would not learn. And that's sad. It could be instinctive or whatever but we end up blaming the parents. But they have brought up a nice kid like you as well!
@faith210 (11232)
• Philippines
21 Feb 09
Hi mimpi1911! Yes, you could say that. Whenever my mom asked me to do some errands like for example, she asked me to buy some stuffs at a nearby store, I wouldn't give all her change..I usually get some coins for my piggy bank too. haha.. But I think, she knows because she always count the change. Besides she knows the prices of the items that she asked me to buy anyway. I think she just let me have the coins but not the paper bills. Take care and have a wonderful day! lovelots..faith
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
6 Mar 09
She is a sweet heart and now I get where you got the legacy from...
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@faith210 (11232)
• Philippines
12 Mar 09
Yep, my mom was a real sweetheart! I could go on and on with all her positive qualities but the list will be endless. haha..I love my mom and I know she is now looking at us from heaven. Love you MAMA! lovelots..faith
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
13 Mar 09
Moms are sweet dear and we indeed share a great bond with them. And I am sure your kids are blessed to have a mom like you. Love you.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I took some pennies from my grandmother's purse and the same week (age 7) confessed my sin to the priest in confession. I am sure he had a big smile on his face when he gave me penance. I then had to fess up to my grandmother, too. She thanked me and hugged me.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
24 Feb 09
That's indeed sweet of you! You were showing of signs of great human in the making right back then!
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Nah, just good old Catholic guilt!! LOL
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
24 Feb 09
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
21 Feb 09
well come to think of it Mimpi,I have never ever done that ,and its because I never felt the need to do so, I guess..I mean I never owned a piggy bank when I was a kid,and I lived a shelterd life in a joint family where I was petted and pampered and never lacked anything,and all my need were met by the other memebers of the family..I never got any pocket money and it was when I was old enough to handle money that my mom started giving me some money to buy books and things.And what ever change I got I would immediately put it in a box she kept for storing loose change and I always felt happy to be able to contribute to her collection.....I guess I was a very innocent child back then with no devilish streak in me.....
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
13 Mar 09
I think this is not of the affluence or lack of it, it more of basic instincts and parenting. The bad streak in us dominates over parenting in many cases. No parent would want his kid to get wayward! And rich kids also succumb to this! I am glad that you were in a good environment. Way back then, things were definitely little less complex and children were more innocent.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
17 Mar 09
@elitess (5071)
• Ipswich, England
26 Nov 10
Hello mimpi. Well i think i only performed petty thefts, like you, in the sense that from time to time i would gather the coins left on the table in the hallway at the entrance. Apart from that i never took money from my parents wallets without their consent and knowledge.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
20 Dec 10
Same with me. I think, petty thefts are OK and parents also know about it.