Every year, people report that their Christmas lights, blow up characters, and other decorations “get stolen”.
What is a decoration thief thinking?
To put up holiday decorations, you are trying to give back to your community. So when someone with an evil spirit stomps on your lawn, rips out your decorations, and brings them home…
..and then puts them up on display on their home.. what are they thinking?
Here’s a pseudo interview with a decoration thief:
Interviewer: “So you walk around late at night and steal Christmas decorations?”
Thief: “Cuz decorations are expensive, and they are cheaper to steal”
Interviewer: “why do you want these decorations?”
Thief: “So I can display them and feel good about myself”
Interviewer: “Can’t you feel good about yourself knowing they are already being displayed on the owner’s house.. where everyone can see them?”
Thief: “I never spent much time thinking about that.. but I want to be the one that people think favorably about..”
Interviewer: “So what you are saying is, it is OK to rip off the community, steal and take, display what you’ve stolen, and when that happens, you feel good about yourself?”
Thief: “All I know is, they can afford the decorations, I can’t. I have the Christmas spirit too… So those that can afford it, can replace whatever I take..”
Interviewer: “How do you know they can afford to replace what you’ve taken?”
Thief: “Well I assume. Well I don’t know.. Actually well I am just guessing they can..”
Interviewer: “Isn’t the spirit of Christmas about giving? About sharing? About joy? In what way are you a part of that when you steal from someone on the street and fabricate your own display knowing you’ve caused disheartment to someone else?”
Thief: “I never paid attention to any of that. I want decorations, I see people that have decorations. I can’t afford decorations, and they are easy to steal. Will you please stop appealing to my sense of right and wrong, and STOP asking these questions?”
Interviewer: “Does it bother you when I ask you to account for your actions?”
Thief: “Yes. I saw an opportunity, it seemed right at the time. I don’t want to think about my behavior like that…”
Interviewer: “Do you realize you’re hurting people, cheating your self, and acting like a moron who doesn’t know the difference?”
Thief: “I have nothing more to say, other than.. ok, FINE. 5 minutes of thinking about this, I won’t do it anymore..”
..and there you have it…
When a thief steals your holiday decorations, there is no thought in it. They see decorations, those that they can’t afford.. they think the victim must be able to afford it, and stealing is perfectly fine. But when you drill down the concept to the thief, they buckle quickly and realize their mistake.
This is the world we live in.. stupid criminals stealing and taking without realizing what they are doing..