The Friday Rant: Little thieves

Kids today. Yeah, I know, I sound like an old granny with her cane and hair net, but I just don’t get it. Why are kids today such little thieves?

From my house, I have had four Ipods stolen. Four! And if the kids are in my house, obviously they are friends, or friends of friends, right? I can’t even imagine how much loose change and other stuff has disappeared that I never noticed. You might think my kids just have crappy friends (and sometimes you’d  be right), but we live in a nice neighborhood, and the little thieves come from well-to-do families. My daughter was heartbroken by the theft of her first Ipod. The thief was a kid she’d known since first grade. His parents both have great jobs, and they have a bigger house than mine. Always nice cars in the driveway. So don’t think it’s all under-priviledged kids who steal. Rich little sh.ts do too. I guess Mommy didn’t want to buy that newest Iphone.

And then there’s the biggie in my house: Limewire. My kids are not allowed to use it. My rebel daughter ignores me, of course, and sneaks it, which infuriates me. Kids will look at you with these big, innocent eyes and say, “But I could never afford all of this music if I had to pay for it.” So would that work in a store?

“I’m sorry, officer, but I could never afford this cavier and champagne if I had to pay for it!”

“You’re right, miss. That’s not fair. Go grab some more. And grab a tin of the red for me while you’re at it.”

Kids will say, “Oh, I love his music! He’s so talented. I’m such a fan.”

So if you’re such a fan, why are you stealing from your idol? He wrote that music for money — that’s how he lives. Why should you get to listen to it for free? Why would you not want to support him so he can write more music? If you love an artist, support him, don’t steal from him.

There is no victim-less crime. If you get it for free, the vendor raises the price and I pay more. I guess some people think I’m a sucker for paying, but if we all steal, the vendor goes out of business and none of us get that product. And I’m not going to let myself become a bad person just because I’m surrounded by bad people. It’s not always easy doing the right thing, but you just have do it. No excuses.

I complain when I get another Itunes  bill, but at least I’m trying to raise kids who know you get what you pay for, you pay for what you get. Stealing is bad, even if you never get caught.

About alisaacarter

I am a writer of young adult novels, wife, mom of three, lover of animals, former magazine editor, reader of anything paranormal, and coffee fanatic.
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