There was a story on our local news tonight about a 16 yr old boy who STOLE a donation container that was for cancer patients. Apparently he was in a grocery/convenience store and waited until the cashier turned her back and then grabbed the container full of money and walked out. They had him on tape and police were investigating.
Word got back to his mother through some of his friends, who told her what he had done. She took him down to their local police station and turned him in. (Yay mom.) The 16 year old boy decided he would issue a statement or an apology to a local news station, and his mom agreed to let him, as long as his face wasn't shown on camera.
The boy told the reporter he didn't know why he did it, that it was "confusing for him too." And he said, "I let my intentions take over. I didn't know it was for cancer patients." Darn right you let your intentions take over. Your intent was to STEAL the money, so you did. And if the donation money were for anyone else, the stealing would have been ok? Who cares if the money was for cancer patients or a sick puppy. It wasn't YOUR money and it was wrong to take it. NO. MATTER. WHAT.
The reporter then interviewed the store owner/clerk who said she wasn't mad at the kid, and I'm going to quote her, "Kids will be kids." What the heck? Kids will be kids? How is it okay or acceptable for teenager to steal money, just because he is only 16?
This is what's wrong with people. No accountability, no consequences.
Man...if that had been my kid I think I would have made him wear a sign for a week that said I stole money from a store. Please keep an eye on me.
What about you guys? How do you feel about it.