The Little Thief




Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Or, at least the cost of a $15 locket. Have you seen anything sweeter?

34 comments:

  1. throw her in juvie

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  2. Not good. She is deflecting the blame. This would not fly if I was mom.

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  3. That's pretty much the way things go these days, isn't it? You say you're sorry, and you're instantly absolved of any wrongdoing. Never mind the value, or the implications, or what would normally be an appropriate punishment or compensation for the deed; if you say you're sorry, then all is forgiven and you're done, Excellent life lesson for the kid. Some of my local stores have some great stuff in them - I think I'll go down and be sorry for taking some of it. I'll apologize for it later, so it'll be cool.

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  4. previous commenters: uptight, much?

    this is cute; thank you for posting it.

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  5. Wow, you people really have absolutely no sense of humor- which is critical to being a successful parent. You obviously have no kids, or your kids will be growing up with a stick up their tushies.

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  7. you're the reason we have american idol, flatulence and obesity. you think misbehaving is funny, but it just makes weak pansy liberals out of potential warrior babies. i hope you choke on your soap on a rope, hippie!

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  8. Wow, really? Maybe the kid was aware they were doing something wrong, but the locket was probably returned with this note, and their parents made them write a letter of apology--punitive enough for a young kid who needs to learn a lesson.
    Seems like good parenting to me!

    And yeah, it IS cute. And no, I'm not obese nor do I like American Idol in the least. But yeah, I am flatulent--that's human nature.

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  9. "Never mind the value, or the implications, or what would normally be an appropriate punishment or compensation for the deed"

    i fear for your children if you can't distinguish the difference between a fully developed adult engaging in larceny, and a young child who probably has no idea how most of the world works.


    cute note.

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  10. What the hell is wrong with some of these posters?

    Who would come to this blog just to make such angry comments about a child's mistake? Warrior babies? Maybe when children really screw up we should expose them on hilltops like the Spartans. That'll show the little ingrates!

    How bizarre. This note was adorable and made me laugh - thanks for posting.

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  11. Hahaha flatulence person - I hope you're being sarcastic because THAT is hilarious.

    And yea.. commentators, please remove all sticks from rears. The child is 7! The ideas of possession and payment are very adult concepts that children need to learn. Seems like the parents making her write an apology letter is the best example of parenting. Perhaps you could learn a thing or two?

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  12. She's 7, 2nd grade. She's old enough to write a note. She knows not to steal. "Payment" is a very adult concept? lol. I have a 5 year old niece and she doesn't go around taking things and putting it in her pocket. It's not an "adult" concept to know not to touch/take things that aren't yours.

    But whatever. That point is entirely lost of some folks.

    Let's go back to, "Awww how cute. A 2nd grader steals!"

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  13. Whoa - anonymous is clearly having a field day here.

    Yeah - stealing is wrong, but the note is hilarious. I love that she addresses it "Catbird People".

    At least she came clean, poor little crook.

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  14. Even if children know stealing "is wrong" lots of kids steal (usually in a school context) around this age simply because their desire to have overrides their understanding of our social rules about taking what isn't ours and cause and effect.

    They know it's wrong. That's why they hide it.

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  15. Age 7 is considered the age of reason. This child is at the age where she is learning right from wrong. The concepts are not fully formed. I am appalled that people on this site assume she knew it was wrong; that's not necessarily the case, as there may have been other occasions where she received things for free. Her parents did the exact right thing by telling her she did wrong and insisting she write this excellent letter of apology. Apparently there were tears, so she is contrite. What more do you want, have her thrown in jail for a $15 locket? That's a summary offense at best. No police department in this country would arrest this child. This was a teachable moment, and her parents did their very best to teach her a lesson I am sure she has learned for good. Good for her!

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  16. My analysis of the note leads me to believe it is a hoax.

    Kids' funny notes is an Internet phenom, easily falsified, and it's been trending recently.

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  17. Floyd Alvis CooperJune 3, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    Juvie? That's ridiculous. She should be executed - and I'd pull the switch myself.

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  18. Apparently the necklace was in a candy dish. The owners of the store said they can understand how the child could have thought it was free. Either way,she returned it and learned her lesson. Anonymous get a life. I pray your not a parent.

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  19. yikes... better safe than sorry: cut off a hand so she really learns her lesson? gotta bring down that hammer and feel superior for doing it too!

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  20. I like the that is why they hide it comment. She hid it so well that she gave it to her mother for Mother's Day. LOL the internet is depressing and funny all at the same time.

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  21. Man I hope the people leaving anonymous comments on this post and others around the web NEVER procreate. Heaven forbid your child ever do what every.other.child.in.the.world.does and take something that doesn't belong to them. I'm sure you all learned not to steal by osmosis and not because you actually took something that didn't belong to you and your parents made you return it and apologize. Sheesh.

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  22. I think its pretty obvious who the parents are on this site... Who ever it is that is demanding the head of a seven year old for trying to something benignly misguided but obviously loving had better not be a parent. If they are I pray for their children.

    It is in every child's nature to be loving. Children are not born understanding money or really much of anything having to do with the rules of society. When we learn these things is different for everyone (AGAIN anyone with children knows this). This child was trying to give a gift and clearly did not know she was doing something wrong or may have just been unsure. Tell a child they are bad and they BELIEVE you. She just needs to be told how things work. I'm sure her parents or sister have now told her since the first word of her letter is SORRY. What more do you want? Blood?

    How disgustingly irresponsible this person is to rail against a child. It turns my stomach and they should be deeply ashamed to demand more personal responsibility from a seven year old child then they do from themselves.

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  23. awww that was adorable. Good that the parent taught the kid a lesson. Sometimes one forgets how simple everything is seen through the eyes of a kid.

    Good parents + an adorable kid + hilarious catbird drawing= great story.

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  24. This is probably an experience this child will never forget, nor repeat. What is up with all the crazy postings on this subject?? What 7-year old comprehends the consequences of such an act, especially when the initial intention was to please a parent? That desire, at that age, overrides the ability to understand consequences for inappropriate actions. The child wasn't "stealing" the necklace for herself. She made a mistake, accepted responsibility, made amends...ENOUGH already! Good grief, she's bigger than many adults I know!

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  25. i totally agree with WTF and posts along this one; kids have to learn from their mistakes, nad being embarassed is sometimes a hard but valuable lesson. i hope she will remain a customer in the store and next time will be able to buy some present. good kid, great parents, and thanks for posting her letter

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  26. I think some of these posters forget what it was like to be a little kid, when the majority of life's lessons are learned by making mistakes and being punished for them - and thus learning not to make them again. Do any of you know that the parents didn't punish the child in some other way on top of writing a letter and making them go give a formal apology? No, you don't. Furthermore, no one likes to be embarrassed - not at 7 and not at 77 - and since their intent, if not their actions, were motivated by kindness (something sorely missing from this world, judging by some of these comments), I have a feeling this youngster has learned their lesson and won't do it again. If you criminalize young children for stuff their brains are only beginning to understand, then don't be surprised when they grow to wear the shoes you've forced them into.

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  27. First of all, this is fake and for people to think it's "cute" is strange. I don't believe it's mentioned, but was the locket returned along with this (fake) letter? Didn't think so. If this was a real scenario, when the adult or guardian found out the child had stolen from the store, they wouldn't send a child's chicken scratch stained letter- WITHOUT the locket! Does that make sense? They would've just punished the child. An adult obviously staged this for whatever reason. Well it's nice to know Catbird takes their shrinkage so lightheartedly! I guess it's a free for all- as long as you write a letter or apology after!

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  28. Monday - June 07, 2010
    RE: BLOG ON "THE LITTLE THIEF"...OR, KID SWIPES $15.00 PIECE OF JUNK JEWELRY FROM OBSCURE HOLE IN WALL JUNK PURVEYORS STORE, AND LIVES TO RETURN IT, WITH A SORRY NOTE INCLUDED...
    TO: THE BIGGEST THIEF(S) OF ALL...
    FROM: Glad2BNArtist
    This blog is a great advertising tool for a store that needs more business...However, those who have stolen the hopefulness, the trust, the innocence, and the good intentions of others by means of any mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional traps, pitfalls, and stumbling blocks that they deliberately set up against them, are THE BIGGEST THIEF(S) OF ALL...
    AS THE GOLDEN RULE SAYS: "DO TO OTHERS, THAT WHICH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE TO YOU..."

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  29. Wow. Some people are such cynics, and some others are such judgmental...i am not even sure what word to use. Did the naysayers een read the story? the family did return the locket with the note.

    We posted the letter because it's a cute story. The kid was sorry, the parents did the right thing and the letter is adorable. We posted it, Racked blogged about it and the AP eventually picked it up with the rest of the news following. I can not imagine why anyone would see anything but good in this story.
    -Rony (owner)

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  30. I agree with the third comment. The girl should have been publicly flogged. Us Real Americans (tm) know the value of a good 40 lashings.

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  31. the note was hilarious and cute.
    the cynics probably live miserable lives in paranoia and doubt. it's all good :)

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  32. Hello,when we steal something unknowing by ourselves,is it good to write a letter with the reason or better to leave it?

    apology letter for stealing

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  33. Execute her? What...no way - Bake her in a pie with 4 and 20 Catbirds!

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  34. In principle, a good happen, support the views of the author

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