Originally Posted by carvedog
Aren't you a saint. It's NOT tempting for an honest person because their character isn't determined by an imagined police presence or response.
Oh, I disagree. It is quite tempting (even for a saint like me
) when you are told that 1) The police won't respond or even take a report, 2) Even if the police take a report, they won't follow up, and 3) Even if somebody is caught, the DA won't prosecute because they don't have time and/or space in the slammer.
Couple that above with similar events such as being burglarized the next day when you get home, and that my pompous friend makes a person think for a second. Oh I've thought about it, and even had thoughts of taking matters into my own hand when seeing people commit or hear about some of these crimes. I think they call it street justice, It'll begin to happen more and more if things continue down the same path.
It's like the Pareto Principle; A large part of the petty thefts for a specific area/town are from a small group of folks. If they spent a bit of time working some of these cases (they are all likely linked to the same group of meth-head zombies) they would solve 80% of their problems.
So, thought it may not be tempting for an honest person like you or many others, It has been tempting for an honest person like me and many others. Or is it you that decides how honest people think?