Re: Another great job Wal-Mart!
by Gino - Posted Wed August 9, 2006 @ 9:18 PM
Just wondering... did anyone stick around or call the cops or offer to make sworn statements as to what they witnessed? Or did they just mind their own business and go on their way, not needing to write a sarcastic letter after the fact feeling somwhat justified that they got every little detail absolutely correct? You did record or write notes as you witnessed it? Its what reporters always do.
Perhaps your notes could be of use when these girls get booked. Many judges make first time offenders do wild and neat stuff. Wear sandwich boards announcing that they stole, community service, speeches to six year old children who can't tell the difference from what is right or wrong. Or maybe six year olds deserve the same treatment in the eyes of others who witnessed this.
It takes quite a bit of force to jolt someone, even a tiny someone, completely out of their sandals. So, the next time you go there, if they're still open, make sure your child is very close to you...just in case he slips a matchbox car in his pocket and gets the same results.
I'm sure your sarcasm and joy would soon evaporate...and ahhh...there's the rub. Those evil girls were once six year old children with parents. So the parents do share some of the blame for the evil youth of today. Especially those who watch it and do nothing. Imagine you horror seeing junior yanked out of his sandels hauled away etc etc etc and having others say "let this be a lesson to them""they must deserve it" "where are the parents?" All justifiable because stealing of any kind is wrong.
There are much better ways to handle these situations wether it warrents it or not. Simple hancuffs and being circled by a posse of 300 lb adults should suffice. A 911 call and reports taken. But we need to see a simple wrong act met with excessive force and smug indifference.
I did a stupid thing as a 9 year old. Yes, I technically stole. I picked up a pack of gum, saw another that I wanted instead, and as I reached for my change holder, I released the gum into my pocket and paid for the other one.(thats the truth, my story and I'm sticking to it) I didn't mean to steal it was a simple mistake. I walked out. No one tackled me etc. I realized what happened, walked back in the store to make it right, and I was immediately seated on a stool and carefully watched by a waitress and cashier, they were even kind enough to give me a small cup of soda seeing how upset and nervous I was. the cops were called, my parents had to come home from work to pick me up at the police station. I learned a valuable lesson. Next time it happens...just say nothing and walk away.
But to this day I'm very careful with transactions so I guess on some level, it did work. And my feet never once left my shoes nor was I humiliated, tackled from behind, forced to the ground and manhandled. This was 1967 and the world was a little different then.