- Category: Community Columns
- Published: Tuesday, 22 November 2016 08:33
It was the CHAB Pop Quiz that inspired today's story.
The question was about office theft. The #1 item taken? Sticky notes.
It reminded me of a time when I was 5 or 6 years old. My Dad had some weekend work to do at the office. He took me along. As he worked and I played, I did a little snooping and I found money. Yes, there were dimes, nickles and pennies in the drawers of several desks.
The temptation was too much. I had visions of an ice cream cone from Ken's Confectionery. They were 10 cents, 12 cents if for a chocolate-dipped.
After making the plan, I went ahead and took a nickle from one desk, a nickle from another and two pennies from a 3rd desk. No one would miss a nickle or two pennies, would they?
The answer was "yes". It turned out that petty cash was stamp money. My Dad learned of the missing cash at the Monday morning staff meeting.
Later that night I denied it initially but the guilt was too much. I admitted to the crime soon after. I'll never forget the shame I felt.
Stealing 12 cents taught me an invaluable lesson.