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Is This Petty? My Boyfriend Is A Petty Thief

October 14th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If we’re all being honest, I think we know that some things are just asking to be taken. If you go to a hotel, it’s a given that many people take shampoos, conditioners and soaps (some go buckwild and walk out with towels and robes).

If you go to a restaurant and buy a meal, it’s likely that you might walk out with more cutlery and napkins than one would ever need.

And in the interest of transparency, I too have been guilty of swiping a towel at a cushy gym. I’m not proud of it…

But when does “collecting,” as we’ll call it, turn into petty thievery? And when does petty thievery turn into serious crimes? And more importantly, if your significant other is guilty of such things, is it time to run for the hills?

Take for instance the story a New York woman shared with the Sun Sentinel. Her boyfriend seemed to enjoy stealing the most random things. She would watch him do it, annoyed, wondering why a man who made good money would steal frivolous stuff. Ironically, she was seeking advice about what to do — not stating that she was assuredly headed for the exit.

“My boyfriend steals things. It’s little stuff like pens, tape, markers, extension cords, paper, stamps,” she said. “Mostly he takes things from his employer, but I also saw him take salt and pepper shakers and silverware from a restaurant. I’ve complained about this stealing, but he says, ‘Everybody does it.’ He has a good job and he can afford to buy these things. What should I do?”

Then there was the woman who told The Cut that she dumped her boyfriend because she found out that he stole from a store. To be specific, “He stole cufflinks from Burlington Coat Factory.”

There’s also my old classmate whose boyfriend swiped some clothes from the mall. He almost got her arrested as an accomplice when he tried to make a run for it as she picked him up from “shopping.”

And then there’s the crazy story of my co-worker’s friend. Let’s call him Rich. He allowed his aunt and her boyfriend to stay with him to help take care of his grandmother. The matriarch had fallen ill and was being cared for at Rich’s home since he had the space. There were two bathrooms in the home: one in his bedroom and a guest bathroom. He made the guest bathroom available for his aunt and her partner. One day, after returning home from work, Rich found his aunt’s boyfriend in his room. When he asked what the guy was doing, he was met with a response of, “I was just using the bathroom.” Rich told him that even if he was using the bathroom, he didn’t need to be looking around his room.

Rich would soon find out that his aunt’s boyfriend had stolen some of his jewelry, and after confronting him, all hell broke loose. Despite such disrespect, especially when you consider the fact that Rich had given his aunt and her partner a place to stay, the aunt didn’t have much to say on the matter. That man was stealing when he was supposed to be providing support as this woman cared for her mom. Her boyfriend returned the jewelry, and she advised him to leave the home — but she didn’t leave him.

People are welcome to do what they please, but this is a serious issue. Not only that, but it’s also a huge character and moral flaw. If someone can so easily swipe things, whether they’re taken from the store, the restaurant or from someone’s home, one can’t help but wonder when and how this bad habit will eventually escalate. If they steal from other people, how long before you catch them pulling money out of your wallet? And honestly, can you imagine the anxiety of trying to bring a thief around your friends and family? God forbid they get their pickpocket on at your mother’s house or swipe some pink Himalayan salt from your friend’s kitchen just because. That should be a serious deal breaker, or a nail in the coffin, because dating someone who would do such things can make you look just as guilty, or worse — desperate…

But as always, that’s just my opinion. What do you say? Do you think it’s worth it to break up with a person who steals small things? Or is this a petty issue? 

6-Year-Old Girl Snitches On Her Father For Stealing

July 5th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Honesty is truly the best policy.

A 6-year-old girl told on her father after watching him steal multiple items from a store. The Daily News reports,

Scott Birk keenly proclaimed his innocence after being accused of thieving earrings and toys from a New Berlin Walmart last month, reports WISN.

But he was ultimately undone by his own daughter, who was overheard by a security guard telling him not to steal items from the store.

She later also landed him in hot water after correcting his claims that they’d walked to the outlet — by pointing out her unlicensed dad’s car in the parking lot.

Surveillance footage purportedly shows Birk breaking into a jewelry case, taking some earrings and putting them on.

A guard who was shadowing him claims that the “6-year-old daughter told him several times to stop breaking into the jewelry case.”

Lol! Scott’s 6 y/o did not want to be an accomplice to his crime. I’m sure he’s somewhere rethinking his decision to teach her that policy.

There’s Only One Me: Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

July 11th, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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No one likes to be a victim, especially when it comes to having your personal information hacked. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes with a reported 15 million Americans claiming their information has been stolen per year. Just the thought alone of knowing some or all of your business could be stolen at any given time is enough to make us crazy.

While we might not be able to stop those who intend to do us harm, there are some steps we can take to help insure our business is protected.

Once Again, It’s On: Cash Money Records Sued Again For Using Illegal Sample

February 23rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Rappers and sampling go together like peanut butter and jelly these days. Well, except for the one place it matters: on paper.

According to TMZ, singer Robert Poindexter is suing Cash Money Records for using a sample of one of his group’s old songs in a 2010 Bow Wow song.

Poindexter says the The Persuaders’ 1972 song “Love Gonna Pack Up (And Walk Away)” was used in Bow Wow’s song “Still Ballin” but the label never took the time to actually clear the sample.

What’s that you say? You don’t know that Bow Wow song? It’s okay, we don’t either but just know that it’s a “thing.”  On the other hand, The Persuaders’ single hit number 8 on the charts back in the day.

Poindexter has allegedly tried to get in touch with Cash Money Records, only to be told to talk to Bow Wow’s attorneys. Of course, his attorneys turned it around and told him to speak to Cash Money again. As we all know, the runaround with anything only makes you more angry and that helped to prompt this lawsuit.

Poindexter, who isn’t an original member of The Persuaders, also has lawsuits pending against 50 Cent and Kanye West for alleged illegal sampling of the groups’ songs. He’s seeking $600,000 in damages plus interest for this particular song.

This isn’t the first time Cash Money has been sued for sampling: powerhouse EMI sued the label for almost $500,000 for using illegal samples on a slew of songs back in 2009.

You know, if this is true, it makes no sense as to why some of these artists and labels won’t get the proper clearance. Of course, some older singers don’t want their songs used in new songs but at the same time, there are many who could use the check.  The process is probably tedious but when someone comes back to sue you for more money than the record was even worth, who actually wins?

So far, there’s been no comment from Bow Wow or Cash Money Records.

WEEKEND WRAP-UP! Usher Is Being Sued, Kanye Is Difficult To Work With + MORE!

July 15th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Hey loves!  Hope all is well in your worlds because I’ve got to tell you, I was scouring the internet streets and these celebs aren’t into anything good right now.  One major star lost his son as we headed into this weekend.  Check out what’s going on!

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Pastor and Wife Arrested for Stealing and Gambling $400K In Church Money

June 25th, 2012 - By Alissa Henry
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Do you know where your tithe dollars are going?

If you were a faithful member of Bethel Institutional Missionary Baptist Church in Houston Texas, then they may have been going right into the pocket of your pastor and his wife…then to a Louisiana slot machine.

KHOU-11 news in Houston reports:

A Houston pastor and his wife are in the Harris County jail charged with bilking their former congregation out of more than $400,000 and using that money for gambling trips to Louisiana.

Charles Gilford, 58, and Adriane Gilford, 53, were indicted Wednesday by a Harris County grand jury and charged with aggregate theft and “misapplication of fiduciary property.”

Prosecutors allege the Gilfords used at least $430,000 in church funds to gamble at the Coushatta Casino near Lake Charles between 2004 and 2007. They were pastor and first lady of Bethel Institutional Missionary Baptist Church (BIMBC) on Selinsky Road in southeast Houston at the time.

“Over that three-year period of time as fiduciaries there, they were able to take that total of $430,000 from that little Baptist church,” said Amy McCauley with the white collar crimes section of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

At that little Baptist church, a fixture in this neighborhood for decades, the current leadership told us they didn’t want to comment on the case. The Gilford’s left BIMBC five years ago.

Not only did this pastor and his wife allegedly steal money from the church, but they are believed to have gambled it away too? Looks like one idiot move leads to another.

Of course, as we’ve seen in several high profile scandals in churches across the country, even when faced with damning evidence, congregants cannot wipe the smoke out of their eyes and see when they’ve been had. Unfortunately, some members of this church are no different. The article goes on to say:

Close friends say they have trouble believing the couple would steal from their congregation.

“And when I tell you impeccable people, outstanding people willing to help, I just, this is a little bit too much for me,” said friend Regina Davis when she learned about the arrests.

“It doesn’t make sense,” added her son Freddie Davis. “As far as I know, they are really genuine people, both pastor Gilford and sister Gilford. They have been courteous and amazing over the years.”

But after poring over boxes and boxes of financial records, prosecutors convinced a grand jury to indict the pair on charges that carry anywhere from 5 years to life in prison.

Ummmm of course they were “courteous and amazing” — the members were funding their gambling addiction. I know that no one wants to believe the worst about leaders in their church, but unfortunately you can’t put this kind of behavior past anyone. You also can’t be too shocked when it happens. You like to think people are honest, but when you do the math, even small churches bring in a ton of money and most don’t have any financial oversight. In addition, too many of these pastors have people around them willing to turn a blind eye to their egregious actions. Granted, it definitely takes a special kind of boldness to steal money from a church, especially if you’re the pastor or his wife. Unsurprisingly, Adriane’s thievery was not confined to the church building. The story also said she was  arrested in 2010 on a felony charge of writing bad checks in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.

This couple is out of control. Fortunately, congregants who tithe out of obedience to the Bible know that they will be blessed regardless of any “misappropriation of funds”, but it does make you think twice before dropping your hard-earned money in the offering plate.

Alissa Henry is a freelance writer (and church girl) living in Columbus, OH. Follow her on Twitter @AlissaInPink

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Times Are Hard: Couple Steals $1,400 of Baby Formula and Attack Target Worker to Do So

January 18th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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Keep your eyes open folks. If you walk in a store and notice people acting really suspect in the aisle with all the baby formula, it’s probably because they’re about to case the joint: for said baby formula–not money. And that’s exactly what a couple from New Jersey did at a Target store, filling a cart up with almost a whole row of baby formula (big boxes and small containers) and trying to smoothly walk out of the store with the cart without paying. But when a worker saw the man trying to leave the store with the cart, he tried to stop him. In turn, the crazy man gave him a broken finger, a sprained arm and contusions. Surveillance caught the couple on camera–the woman packing the cart with the products, and the man beating the security guard.

While this all might sound crazy and like the case of a young couple who couldn’t afford formula for their children, it’s not. This couple is said to be part of a large group of people who are stealing formula and selling it for a lower price on Craigslist and on the streets. Many people seem to be in the market for formula, so the resale of it seems to be bringing in a lot of money. However, many are worried that people re-selling formula could be ignoring expiration dates and contaminating the products.  The New York NBC affiliate says that baby formula has been a staple for thieves for years now, and that it’s so popular, some stores are locking away their formula, and federal laws have been imposed to try and prevent it from happening. So, if you’re in the market for some baby formula, as with anything that has to do with children–stay away from Craigslist.

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