For instance, a stolen item may lead to trust issues, or in a child’s case, the parents no longer trust the child. And while this is only a small amount that goes into effect, things like possible future insurance, and having to use a paycheck for something unintended may lead to longer term effects. Stealing people’s property is just something not to be done. You’re not only hurting the innocents, and the victim, but also yourself. If you can be caught you will lose reputation and possibly gain infamy. It’s bad enough you have harmed everyone else, now you are harming yourself. Stealing causes a wide spread amount of harm and panic even.
In short, stealing will harm economic, mental, and even physical (depending on the item stolen i. e. a walker or wheel chair) harm to others and yourself. Being a well privileged child and fortunate enough for my parents to sometimes even spoil me, I had a very nice mp3 player in eighth grade. I had used it for over a year and was very happy to have it, until I decided to go out for a walk. I was walking with a friend and told her to wait for me as I had to use the restroom. Upon coming back from my short break, I had found out that night my mp3 player had mysteriously been misplaced.
Being my usual friendly self, I thought I had just dropped it. I walked back the next day and scanned the short dry grasses for the shining silver gift I had come to think as my only escape route from stress and the world. However, it was not to be fine. I came back home, checking the route as I walked home, and found nothing. I rummaged through my backpack, room, even asked my parents what had happened. After a week being stuck in this dry, gray, and empty desolate world, I had noticed my friend with the same headphones I was using when I had lost my mp3.
I didn’t accuse her of the stolen mp3, just kindly asked for my headphones back. She did so, but it wasn’t until that summer that I had pieced it all together. I had been scolded by my parents, lost my music I had paid for myself, and been stripped of any relief from this dreadful world, all because of some stupid girl who was greedy and rude enough to steal from someone even a friend. I have yet to forgive her, let alone think any greater of her. I am fortunate now to have a minimum wage job with decent hours, so I can afford to replace things. But I know many kids this day don’t have this form of steady income as I do.
Many of them earn an unstable amount of money from chores, like mowing lawn or cleaning up the house. Some babysit or do odd jobs around the neighborhood also. While these all seem fine and dandy, when it comes to having some item stolen from your belongings, it is hard to make the money to get a new one. Let alone any extra data, or items along with the stolen possession. Some neighbors and employers are nice enough to maybe make a frontal payment so you can get it back a. s. a. p. but many of them just tell you to wait it out and that it isn’t as big of a deal, simply because it has nothing to do with them.
And this can sometimes cause stress or pressure, making it harder to work for the money needed to replace the item. The hardest part about stealing, is trying to stop it. It is hard to stop thieves since most of their work is done while others aren’t looking. Sometimes it easiest to just keep all possessions you don’t need at the moment in a safe or secure place or even at home. Another great way to keep items from being stolen is to keep then in eyes view no matter what. While this can be a bit of a hassle, it is easier than having to replace the item after it being stolen.
A last resort is punishments to the masses. An overall punishment may sometimes be best, but it will almost always back fire causing the crowd to be hateful towards not only the thief but the one giving out the punishment. While it may seem justice, the innocents will see it as injustice. It is best to avoid such tactics. Finally the idea of confiscation of all electronic devices being used w/o permission in the class will be a good idea to prevent more thefts, and maybe keep the eyes of the above-average citizens aware in case of another attempt to steal from anyone else again.
As for the idea of this paper being five pages long do to a thief in class. Let it be known. I will not suffer for the flaws of one human like I have done for so long of my life. There is in no physically possible way to type five pages about such a bleak subject. It is obvious that yes there is a thief among us, but an overall punishment to the majority is no way to rat him out. Only to bring hate, anger, and thirst for justice in a vengeful spirit. It is playing with a dangerous fire that will cause someone to burn. Sometimes it is the actual perpetrator. Other times, you only end up causing an angry mob at your front door.