Karma is a french toast

someone stole my son’s brand new skateboard at the skatepark today.  I hate people who steal from kids.  I loathe people that steal from MY KIDS.  The original title was Karma is a bitch but I thought we should keep it PG.  The blog has been in hibernation but we are back — and, the person who stole my kid’s skateboard should be shaking in his MF shoes because if you come across this mama bear, you are gonna get SCRATCHED (see, eg, Grizzly Man)

11 Responses to Karma is a french toast

  1. newsocprof says:

    i agree. someone stole our daughter’s tricycle the other day — we’d walked up to the nearby Border’s and left it outside in our very safe neighborhood. i also never thought someone would steal a two-year old’s bike (but would have locked up mine). on the other hand, in an effort not to get too upset, i figure 50 bucks to replace it isn’t much to us, so i like to imagine it being presented to some disadvantaged toddler who will be delighted by it.

  2. laurabethnielsen says:

    I said the same thing — someone must really have needed a new board. I used this philosophy when our super wonderful stroller was stolen when we lived in Berkeley. And, I saw it beign pushed around by a pretty poor looking family so hey, OK.

    I do not want my kids to think that if they need somethign they can take it. My 8 year old and I were having this conversation the other day. I can’t remember exactly what we were talking about but he asked if I would steal something if we were, “like really poor with no house and no money for food.”Reminded me of the Carol Gilligan book and the differences between little boys and little girls on a hypothetical very much like that.

  3. lbsmom says:

    When stuff like this happens, I try to remind myself it’s just a thing, & yes, perhaps the person who took it needed either it or some money for it more than I did. HOWEVER, watch out if they try to physically or emotionally hurt my kid or any kid, for that matter. My pet peeve—it’s bad enough his new skateboard’s gone. Tell him the skate shop in Lafayette is still open, & we’ll have to go there again this summer.

  4. laurabethnielsen says:

    At the risk of him thinking I can always rescue him (he should have kept a better eye on it), I am being a softie and getting him a new one today. He had the board 3 days and he bought it with his own money. Those meanies.

  5. jeffaregularworkinglawyer says:

    Um, guys — while it is true that there is some hypocrisy in a legal system that equally forbids the rich and poor from stealing bread and sleeping under bridges (undergrads — bonus points for identifying the original author of that bon mot), a skateboard is not a loaf of bread, nor is it likely to be sold to pay for one. Nor was it stolen by someone with the intent of presenting it to a disadvantaged child who will be delighted by it. The thieves who stole LB’s son’s skateboard were selfish, mean jerks, and that’s all. Also, property is not theft, and while I favor many forms of income redistribution, stealing from children (or even from adults) is not one of them.

  6. laurabethnielsen says:

    You are right Jeff. And i feel especially so after just dropping more money than I should have at the Shred Shop. We told the sad skateboard story to the woman who helped us along with the stroller story and she looked at Zach and said, “People just LOVE your wheels, man!” It was pretty funny.

  7. lankdangle says:

    Karma is like gravity to skateboarders, it catches up with us all. I know Jeff wil agree.

  8. newsocprof says:

    yeah, i’m saying that actually happened, i’m just saying i like to imagine it happening…

  9. jeffaregularworkinglawyer says:

    I do agree, of course. Thanks to gravity and skateboards, I now know exactly where my left kidney is located. It’s a wonder that it’s still functional.

  10. vickywoeste says:

    It’s a particularly low form of scum that would steal recreational stuff. Someone stole my nephew’s bike from the U of Florida recently. He’s a really tall kid so it was a special-order bike. That’s what vexed my sister-in-law–it was the real inconvenience to which she’d be put in replacing it, as much as the expense, that annoyed her. I’d do just as you did, make the kid whole, especially because he saved his own money to buy the board. But what this tells him about how the world can be mean and arbitrary and immoral and unlawful–yes, it’s all stuff we’d rather they didn’t have to learn quite so soon.

  11. laurabethnielsen says:

    Leave it to skateboarding, the age old Kidney locator.

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