Today I was witness to something I would never consider happening. To think that this was a correct and somehow justifiable action has me scratching
my head in amazement, and wondering where the hell have our youth gone?
So today I’m at our local supermarket buying a few things, and at one of the self-serve checkouts. I paid for my items, and got an extra $20 out of
the machine. Now due to my own stupidity, my kids endlessly bantering at me, the phone ringing, etc, I walked away without picking up my $20 note.
(Largely my own stupidity I’ll freely admit.)
I got about half way home when I realised I had left behind my money, so as soon as I got in the door, I rang the supermarket to see if the money may
have been still in the tray, or even someone had returned it to the attendant. Sadly no luck, the money was gone. The Store Manager, whom I know
personally offered to check the CCTV covering the self-serve machines and see if they could see where the money went. I ended the conversation,
fearing my $20 was lost.
About three hours later I received a phone call from the Store Manager, saying my money had been recovered, and to come down to the store and collect
it. This is where it got disheartening for me.
It turns out there had been two twelve year old sisters standing near me when I made my purchases and saw that I had left the $20. After I walked
away, before the checkout attendant could see this, they quickly grabbed and stashed the money, and left. Right in full view of the cameras no less.
Twelve years old!
Luckily the attendant knew the girls mother and rang her right away. The mother confronted her daughters and they confessed, and returned the money.
They were then made to march back to the store and return the money to the Store Manager, who basically let them have it, banning them from the store
without their mother being in there with them, and warning them they were lucky they didn’t have the Police called on them.
After all this subsided I was returned my $20 with apologies from the store, even though I’ll be the first to admit it was my fault. But the thing
here that just beats all, is this is not just some kid finding $20 on the walk home or out in the car park. I could almost understand that. This was a
deliberate and intentional theft of money. Those girls knew full well that was someone else’s cash, and would have probably known they were on
camera also. I mean there’s a giant TV above the area streaming live video at all times. Yet they still took it. To me, they might have just as well
as stolen it out my own hands.
Sadly the Store Manager informed me this is not the only occurence, they have had numerous thefts from the self-serves, including a middle-aged man
who stole $40 that another customer left behind. This one did involve the Police, and charges were filed.
This makes me wonder the most, above all else, what is the youth of today coming to? Now I know some of you will say “they’re not all bad,” and
I do agree. There are bad and good, in every generation, young and old. But what kind of slippery slope is our youth on when a twelve year old thinks
it is ok to blatantly steal in such a manner?
My own daughter is only ten, and I would hope to God (for her sake), she would be above such things. I know full well she would be cautious knowing if
I found out she had been up to such behaviour, there would be hell to pay.
To me now though, it seems that last little bit of innocence we believe our children to have is gone, that if this, and other current trends continue
among our youth, our next generation, where will be in 20 years time? A dark place I’d rather not think about.
edit on 11-6-2012 by 74Templar because: Changed Title