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29 August 2014

Friday Question from the Book of Questions When was the last time you stole something? Why haven't you stolen anything since?
The last time I remember stealing was shoplifting toys as a kid. What really stuck with me was the shame of being caught by my parents and being made to apologize to each store.

I have evolved into an adult who is a bit obsessive about making sure I give back extra change and pens. I think I avoid even accidental theft because I've worked so often with people who are genuinely harmed, sometimes in really significant ways, when they are victimized by burglary or theft.
posted by bearwife 29 August | 11:41
You mean stole some actual valuable stuff?

Late 70's. College. I was a graphic design major and discovered how easy it was to pilfer the occasional marker or sheet of Letraset press-type. That stuff was crazy expensive and I was a poor student. At least that's how I justified it. L.
posted by Thorzdad 29 August | 14:19
I'm always stealing hearts. It's a curse.
posted by arse_hat 29 August | 14:36
"Stealing souls" is erroneous slang. I just collect what is owed.
posted by ethylene 29 August | 16:37
I remember stealing a martini shaker from a restaurant in my 20s. But I didn't steal the lid so it was useless anyway. I think that was the last time.
posted by amro 29 August | 19:04
Maybe I *have* stolen something since the last time I stole something.
posted by serena 30 August | 10:57
I just "pirated" something. Does it count?
posted by Obscure Reference 30 August | 13:33
'80s. Used to steal toilet paper from the university rest rooms. Had a little screwdriver on my keychain that could pop the lock on the paper holder.
posted by octothorpe 30 August | 20:14
Well, there was the PS/2 model 80 that I took home from work in the 1990s from IBM and never returned when they fired me. I suppose that counts, but Fuck IBM.
posted by pjern 30 August | 22:36
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