I was out and about in the world yesterday... Okay, I was out fishing... when I stopped at my favorite bait shop. It's a little place in the middle of nowhere, near the entrance to a state park. The two gals that work there are nice, salt of the earth people. And I chat with them when I'm there.
The older of the two ladies was working. And we happened to get on the topic of crime.
You see, I had picked up a box of worms ($3) and a beverage. I asked her if the beverage was under $2 because I only had a five with me. After she assured me I was fine, I explained that I never carry more than my driver's license and a little cash because I don't feel safe leaving my purse in the car while I'm fishing. She nodded her head and told me she understood because her home had recently been broken into.
In a tiny town in the back of beyond, her home where she'd lived for 30 years without ever worrying about locking her doors had been robbed.
The thieves didn't get much. She doesn't have much. She works in a goddamn bait store for petesakes. They took mostly things she wasn't attached to - which she will still have to pay money to replace - and a few items that were irreplaceable. Heirlooms. Memories. The ring her husband, who had since passed on, purchased for her 50 years ago. An item that had been her grandmother's. (She's easily in her 70s, so you can imagine how old that was.) A dish full of candy that she keeps on a counter for when her grandchildren visit.
I'd say it was a sign of the times, and perhaps it is, but my family's home was broken into back in 1976. We lived in the middle of nowhere, too. Farther away from other people than my acquaintance here. And of all the things those assholes back then took, the things I think my mother misses most are the heirlooms.
I think the impetus was the same in either case - things the thieves could turn into money for drugs. Little things. Unimportant items in the scheme of things. But extremely important things to the individuals who owned them.
Now, I do know some people who insist that if drugs were legalized, crimes of this nature would cease. I don't agree. Whether the drugs cost $100 or $20, the people doing the drugs would still need money to pay for them, and since doing drugs leads to an inability to do quality, dependable work, which leads to unemployment, then the drug users would still need to steal to fund their habit. :shrug:
I don't know. I know this incident makes me sad. She's a lovely person, minding her own business, and working to supplement whatever income she has (I assume). And these silly, stupid motherfuckers break into her house to take her belongings.
On the upside, she relayed the whole story to me without an ounce of feeling sorry for herself and without the rage I know I'd be feeling. Like I said, she's a nice person. I'd be ranting to anyone who would listen. I'd want blood.
I left, wishing her luck in the apprehension of the robbers and offering a hope that she gets her stuff back. We both knew that's unlikely. They never caught the people who robbed us back in 1976. The police here aren't any better or worse than those back then, but the obstacles are the same. Petty crime, small items...
And I came home glad I live here instead of there - even if it's only a few miles difference. Oh, I know it could easily happen here. Which is why we lock our doors even when we're home, even if we're just going into the back yard. Always. Sad that we have to do that because other people can't keep their hands to themselves. =o\