by Ken Trivette

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Not All Thieves Are In Jail (9 of 11)
Ken D. Trivette
Series: The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20:15

1. Martin Luther once said, "If all thieves, who nevertheless do not wish to be considered such, were to be hanged on the gallows, the world would soon be desolate, and would be without both executioners and gallows."

2. One of the major problems of our society is theft. I read of one estimate that said that one out of very 52 supermarket customers carries away at least one item that was unpaid. The U.S. Commerce Department said about 4 million people are caught shoplifting each year, but for every person caught, 35 go undetected. That means about 140 million shoplifting incidents occur every year. Also, according to this survey, few shoplifters steal out of need. 70% of all shoplifters are in the middle income bracket and 20% had high incomes. Only 10% were in the lower income range.

3. A magazine report told of one New York City hotel, that during the course of it's first ten months of operation, 38,000 spoons, 18,000 towels, 355 silver coffee pots, 1,500 silver finger bowls, and 100 Bibles were stolen. It reminds me of the lady that was upset about someone stealing her Holiday Inn towels.

4. The UPI told a humorous story of a guy that was trying to rob a bank and a little lady that was trying to do a good deed. It seems that she saw this young man park his car in the lot of the Crocker-Citizens National Bank in Whittier, California. She noticed that he left his keys in the ignition. So she grabbed the keys and trailed him into the bank, where she found him talking to a teller. "Young man," she scolded, "Somebody is going to get his car stolen if he doesn't stop leaving his keys in his car." The young man, who had just told the teller that he had a gun and wanted a lot of money, just stood and stared at her. Then, finally, he snatched the keys out of her hand, dashed out of the bank, got into his car and drove away.

5. There ...

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