I was at work yesterday when two college-age girls came into the store where I work. They seemed just like any other customer who comes into the store to browse. They spent some time looking at some silver necklaces we have and seemed to really like one that had a tree within a circle dangling from the chain. They moved across the room to the wall on which a hundred other necklaces hung and continued to talk about the tree necklace. Another customer came in asking for directions while these girls were at the necklace wall. I noticed them leave a few minutes later. I turned around to the display where the silver necklaces were and noticed that the tree necklace was not hanging there anymore. There is no guarantee that these girls took the necklace since I did not see them do it, but I was not able to find it anywhere in the store. (The rest of this post assumes culpability.)
I have not worked in retail before so have never had to experience being the victim of shoplifting. It wasn't my necklace that was taken, but I felt violated somehow. I was taken advantage of. In an instant when I was helping someone else, a thief very quickly swiped something that caught their eye. What is it that possesses someone to do such a thing? Is there anything so completely necessary that a person feels they have to resort to such low measures? I get the person who steals something to eat if they are starving, but I don't understand stealing a $24 necklace. I suppose it is a sickness. I know that they have sin in their hearts because we all do, but is there a gene missing in their DNA? How are people born without a conscience?
It took me quite a while to get over the fact that this happened. Now I am just angry and saddened that someone has to live with the sickness that afflicts them. Thankfully I am a positive person for the most part and will continue to see the good in people before the bad. To assume the worst of people would depress me. I suppose I can pray for them and hope that they will somehow be convicted of what they have done and seek to make amends or at least to never do it again to someone else.