Why Do People Steal From Others?
Recently, I moved on my own, and I've opened my doors to most of my closest friends. I have two roommates, and I love them both dearly. Since we all pay bills in the house, we can't say that another person cannot have company over. Now there are people coming over at different times during the day and spending the night. Sometimes it's fun, but other times it gets REALLY REALLY REALLY annoying.
For example, last night all three of us had company over, and we were just chilling and relaxing. I have been friends with these people for at least four years now, and I trust them to the fullest. However, last night I left a couple of dollars on the couch in the living room. I went to sleep in my big comfy bed in my room. I woke up and my money was GONE!
I asked one of my roommates if he saw my money and he said, "No."
Then I called one of my closest friends who was there last night with his girlfriend, "Did she or you see the money?"
He said, "No."
Then I called my roommate's boyfriend who was also there last night and he said, "The money was on the couch the last time I saw it." He said that he was play-fighting with his girlfriend (which is my other roommate) and that I should check around the couch. I did just that and there was no money to be found!
At this point, I am completely devastated that people close to me and people who I am nice to would even think to do something like this to me! I feel violated on all levels.
I Googled why would people steal from somebody close to them and this really stood out to me in a blog post, "Reasons why some people steal":
People who feel comfortable stealing do so for a couple of reasons; but most of all, it is because their lives are messy. Something, or someone has wronged them and they feel as if they deserve whatever it is they are stealing.
I honestly agree with this statement because I just cannot phantom as to why somebody would take something that belongs to somebody else and be happy with themselves. I wouldn't be able to sleep at night knowing that I have something that doesn't belong to me.
Starr, A. (2007) Reasons why some people steal. Helium, [blog] 9th May, Available at: http://www.helium.com/items/317525-reasons-why-some-people-steal [Accessed: 9th February 2012].