I just read an article about three teens who go through a drive-thru at McD’s and order cups of water, which are free to the consumer, but still cost the restaurant for the cup and water. They then park in the parking lot, walk into the restaurant, dump out the water and fill their cups with soda (pop, cola, whatever you want to call it). The manager stops them and tells them to pour the soda out because they didn’t pay for it. Two of the three teens comply but the third jumps in his car and tries to leave.
The manager blocks his exit by standing in clear view behind the car. Not to be stopped, the teen backs into the manager, striking him with his car twice before speeding off. The police were called and the teen was charged with felony robbery because he hit the manager with his vehicle while committing a crime.
For me, all I can do is shake my head because these teens commit theft of an item that at most will cost them a dollar had they chosen to do the right thing. One of the teens is so attached to the soda he stole that he is willing to hit a person with his vehicle in order to escape. Makes me wonder what type of upbringing or lack thereof that these three teens had. What bothers me more is the long list of commenters that want to blame the restaurant and manager for the actions of the teens.
There are posts saying if you don’t want sodas stolen, don’t put the pop machine where customers can get to it. That is like saying “If you don’t want your car stolen, don’t park it outside where thieves can get to it.” Another said “It is the manager’s fault for chasing the teens outside.” If you don’t protect your stuff, you are inviting others to do it too. Another claimed it was just teenage hijinks and the manager should not have escalated it. No, these three teens planned to do what they did making it premeditated; and theft is theft no matter what.
Which brings me to the thought for today:
If you don’t hold people accountable for bad behavior, you are condoning that behavior. ~ ME