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Posting Date 2003-10-21 23:05:48
Author summsies
Title Caught red-handed !
Category commited a crime
Where it happend Parent's house
Age then 15
Age now 24
Gender MALE
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Story Length 568
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Caught red-handed !

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I could go on and on about the many petty crimes I committed. My very first
"crime" I committed when I was 7 (I took one of those handheld games where you use a little spring-loaded device to hit a little metal ball and t falls though a maze (bad explanation, but I hope you get it)... Ever since then I've been committing "crimes"like eating cookies in grocery stores, or opening packages of food and eating something and then hiding the bag...

My friends and I would do this in grocery stores, and thought it was funny, but it started to get worse. We had this bookstore in town that used these little coded devices to set off alarms in their stores if you waled through a sensor with unpaid merchandise... Either we'd look for these devices and remove them or make sure what we stole was above the sensors so they couldn't detect us. We had a ton of little scams.

When I hit college, with my new found freedom, and everything it got worse... Being strappe for cash, I would go to a Wal-mart, or some place like it, with a big, oversized coat, and grab packages of razor blades and take them out of their packages and hide them in my pockets... I figured that if they were out of the packages, than how could the sensors detect the merchandise... Of course, I made sure that I was well hidden from the cameras, that was key...

But the first time you really comit a cime is when you first get caught, and it happened one summer when I was back at home after a year at college. I was working near a local mall, and for luch breaks would go into the supermarket to read magazines, kill time, etc... While I was there I would help myself to food as well. I would go to the bakery, get soe chicken strips, and a pop, etc.. And causally eat them while I ead my maazines and then slink away when it was time to go back to work...

In my naivety I didn't realize that big stores (probably all stores)hae surveillance and secret shoppers or plain-clothed security guards that peruse he store looking for people like me... And of course I went to te same grocery store dy after day, and got comfortable in my routine, thinking I'd never get caught.. Well, one day as I was leaving to go backto work, a man tapped me on the shoulder and said "come with me". Of course he was a store security guard. I was caught in the act. I got complacent and in hindsight, it was stupid to think I would never get caught.

Log story short, I had to go to this neeting with the store manager and beg him not to press charges... A criminal record carries long time stigmas. I remunerated the store, and did some counselling, and thank god the charges were dropped, but I lived in a small community, and my story got out... Arrested for stealing chicken strips in a grocery store... That kinda shame livs with you forever, and it's been hard to live it down. I had to learn the hard way.. Thanks for letting me submit, and hopefully this will serve as a lesson/cautionary tale.


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