Stealing from a nearly 98 year old is so so wrong

February 14, 2010 11:55am CST
My Mother in law will be 98 in June. She lives in a secure complex.She is a very able 98 year old and can walk without sticks and got all her marbles! This is flats with a caretaker and the door downstairs to all the flats is locked and you can only get in by someone in their flat letting you in. This week my mum in law went with her neice into town. while there she decided to buy something and needed to go to the bank for money. She did not have her bank card but had her cheque card. When she told the cashier she didnt have the card they told her she did yesterday when she withdrew money. Needless to say she never went out of the house that day and certainly did not use a card. This started the ball rolling. Money had been taken out 5 times and the maximum they could with the machines. We got the police involved as we are sure who done it because money was not taken when this person was on holiday for a few weeks plus no one got christmas cards with money in handed to her to post. The police cannot do anything till they get evidense. Hopefully they will and they are really trying so give them their due for that. How can a friend in her 70s steal from someone nearly 98 and who goes in her house as a friend? I know it is a case of how can anyone steal from anyone and I am sure a lot of people think it is only the young that do the stealing. The bank cannot repay the money because mum stupidly left her pin number near her card. 98 year old does not deserve this. Mind you the police said would she go to court as a witness and she said oh yes definately try and stop me. I hope she gets her day out in court even though she would have lost a friend but with friends like that who needs enemys.
7 responses
• Philippines
15 Feb 10
I am shocked and apalled! How can anyone do that to a 98-year old. Stealing, per se, is a crime. It's a crime against God and society. To do this to a "friend," is horrible and abominable. This so-called friend of your mother in-law isn't a friend at all. I'm glad that she's taking her to court. Thieves have to be taught a lesson. I feel strongly against people who have no respect for other people's property. I've had a personal experience of this kind. Someone took my money. Family members and the household help go in and out of every room. Since I didn't see the person who took it, I couldn't make any accusation. So, I put a sign on the wall that says: "Stealing is a crime. Watch out, SOMEONE is watching. What goes around comes around. You take some, you lose tons. Just wait and see." It is so frustrating to be watching your back in your own home. But what can I do. That's the way it is. And by the way, we must never put our PIN beside an ATM card. That's tantamount to saying, "You are cordially invited to steal." Bwahahaha, joke only, to lift up your mood or our moods. I am glad that at 98, your mum in-law is mentally and physically healthy. She must have lived a clean life and taken good care of herself. Kudus to her. Let's not worry about the crime. The person who committed it is actually the one who has to answer for it. If we are the offended party, the victims, we don't have any moral or legal responsibility for it. Let's continue to do what we know is right. I hope your mum in-law has is blessed with a happy and peaceful life always. God bless you, too, MAllen!
17 Feb 10
Thank you. With my mum in law living in sheltered housing, where no one can get through the doors to all the flats without knowing someone, you would not think they would get in and all the neighbours were good so you would not have to worry so much about your pin and card being together in your own home. x
• Philippines
18 Feb 10
Good morning, MAllen. I hope that your mum-in law, with God's blessings and guidance, will have her day in court. Her so-called "friend has to pay for her gross misdeed. Let's keep our faith and hopes up and entrust everything to Him. Have a joyful day.
@saphrina (31733)
• South Africa
14 Feb 10
It really is a disgrace. How rude can your so called friends be. No matter the age, you cannot steal from someone else. If i were your mother in law, i would sell this so called friend's stuff, to make up for te money she stole. Shame on her.
17 Feb 10
hopefully when the police got proof of her guilt and she goes to court the courts will make her sell her things to repay my mum in law.
@saphrina (31733)
• South Africa
17 Feb 10
Thats the only way. Good Luck. TATA.
@phoenix8606 (4977)
14 Feb 10
Hi! yes, I do think it is a very wrong act, not just because the stealing of an old person, but because of the very stealing, it is something wrong, it is a sin and we should not steal from anybody, even from an old and defenceless person
17 Feb 10
I agree with you there and it leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
17 Feb 10
yeah, it leaves a bad tasty in the mouth and dirty tracks on the hands
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
14 Feb 10
That is a horrible thing to do to anyone but even worse to a friend. If that woman needed money I'm sure your mother in law would have helped her had she asked. Stealing is a despicable thing to do, especially to old ones should be able to live out their last years in peace.
17 Feb 10
Thank you and yes if she was desperate for money my mum in law would have gladly helped her out without a second thought.
@dodo19 (39457)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
14 Feb 10
This is really terrible!! I really can't believe that a friend would do such a thing to their friend, especially to someone who was that old. I just really can't understand how a friend can do that sort of thing to one of their friends. I really can't believe it. I really do hope that the police will be able to help your mother-in-law. I hope that they'll be able to help you guys straighten things out.
17 Feb 10
Thank you. The police know who only got to proove it and they are really doing their best so we hope they succeed.x
@newtalent (1114)
• United States
14 Feb 10
I say she deserves what she gets. If she was cunning enough to steal her money, then has ability the to make restitution and pay for her actions. Nowadays they do not take into consideration your age when you commit a crime. it has become that common. The best thing is that no one got physically harmed, financially yes, emotionally yes. a hard lesson to learn. Unfortunately your mother in law may not be her only victim. I cannot see this as it being the first time in doing this. I am sure the video camera can pinpoint this action taking place with the date and time stamped on the registry. Well its time for her to go on a new vacation that carries three meals and a cot. Wow that's good to hear that she has all of her faculties in good condition. Whats her secret? Take care.
17 Feb 10
thank you although I agree that no one has been hurt physically and for that I am so thankful but it is the mental hurt that anyone can do that to a friend that hurts. x
@lelin1123 (15635)
• Puerto Rico
14 Feb 10
This is horrible. I know people of all ages steal but from your own friend. How dispicable is that. Did this person not think she was going to get caught? I just hope you can find the evidence and I hope your mother-in-law gets justice.
17 Feb 10
thank you and give the police their due they are going all out to prove it was her.