Thursday, December 12, 2013

A particularly low theft

TVNZ reports:

Thieves have stripped the shelves at the Salvation Army's Rotorua food bank.
Police are investigating the break-in which happened early yesterday morning.
Among the stolen items were two dozen frozen chickens.
The burglary means families in need may miss out on crucial food supplies this Christmas.
Police say they are working to identify fingerprints left at the scene.

This is a particularly low crime. Stealing from a charity at any time is bad enough, but with Christmas fast approaching, the timing couldn't be worse. We strongly support the work of our local City Mission, and know all too well how they would be affected by a like theft.

We hope that the culprits are found quickly; hopefully before the frozen chooks have defrosted. On this occasion, we reckon that an appropriate sentence for the offenders, if convicted would be to be ordered to undertake a significant period of community service with the Rotorua Salvation Army. Then they might get an idea of who the real victims of their offending are.

2 comments:

bsprout said...

I once had most of my potatoes stolen from my garden one night, and it does make one wonder about the kind of individuals who are existing in such a desperate environment that such a crime is considered morally acceptable.

Poverty is not an excuse for crime, but when food banks have become essential for many families survival now, and even they are being stolen from, our society has reached a new low:
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/waikato-sees-increased-demand-food-charity-5391247
http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/9502605/Numbers-who-need-food-aid-scary
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/282441/scramble-provide-food
http://robin.hosts.net.nz/~admin219/food-bank-in-demand/
If food banks can be used as a measure of poverty then demand has increased by around 20% since 2011 and more elderly and working families are having to use them. One food bank volunteer talked about the embarrassment of many who find it humiliating to ask for charity, especially the elderly who have lived the majority of their lives independently but can no longer do so because of increased costs such as power.

Keeping Stock said...

Do you have to make everything political bsprout? Take off your Green-tinted glasses and chill out.