On Saturday, I stole from children. Guilty as charged, but may I submit evidence in my defence before you pass sentence?
I arrived at the train station to find it occuppied by a gang of teenagers - age range probably 12 to 15. They were very loud, many clearly drunk, an opinion encouraged by the openned cases of beer that were in evidence.
One was talking/shouting into his cellphone. His side of the conversation went something like this:
"Wellwewereallthere,likeandthensomeonestartedf-ingkickingof,like, youknowwhatImeanand then,f-ing,well,youknowwhatI meanweall hadto f-ing,likesortof, f-ingyouknowwhatImean..."
A train arrived. Most of them got on, while a few left on foot. Still 20 minutes til my train arrived, so I went and grabbed a seat where they had been sitting. One of the beer cases was still there. I looked inside, out of curiousity and there were still some bottles inside it!
No sign of the prevoius owners.
Finders keepers, I think!
Beer went into my bag.
The station started to fill up as the time of the next train drew closer. Giving up my seat to a blind guy and his wife (aren't I nice) I moved along the platform.
Then guess who returns? Mr "F-ingknowwhatImean"! He goes to the beer case, picks it up and swears!
Should I have given him his beer back? I decided not to. He was too young, had had enough already and, well, he didn't deserve it did he?
The beer came home with me, and went down very nicely with Sunday's barbeque.
Stealing from children does have its plus side!