What next?

Jeffro was burgled last night. He and the guys he lives with, including Steve, went out with Lyn and Haakon for a while (about 2 hours 40 minutes it seems). When they came back they found the house had been burgled. Apart from a couple of games consoles, two laptops were stolen. One was Jeffro’s Apple MacBook, the other love in his life (apart from his deep and enduring love for me … his somewhat kooky and wayward Dad).

I know the feeling of loss when robbed and frankly, I cannot think of a penalty harsh enough for those that steal from other people. Students scraping together whatever they can to buy a laptop – and yes, he does need it for his study, he’s studying a computer science type course – makes this an even more despicable crime. Worse was the month’s worth of research that was on the PC.

Sitting in Saudi Arabia at the moment makes me wonder if some of the old world penalties may be better for those that commit these types of crime – such has having them pay compensation back to their victims, no matter how long that took. Here the criminal that did this crime would get a period in gaol and about 100 lashes as well as maybe having to compensate the victims. Can’t really say that this penalty is too harsh anymore.

And don’t fret Jeffro – it’ll turn around –  it always does. Yours was the 5th robbery around me in the last two years – so it is not you boy, but it is me. Twice my apartment, once in the office, once in the five star Beijing International Hotel in Beijing and now you. Again Jeffro, I am sorry that you have to feel bad because of this lowlife’s actions.

Thieves should compensate victims!

2 thoughts on “What next?

  1. Jeff 30 November 1999 / 8:00 am

    I don't know their circumstances. I forgive them. It's just stuff.

    This is just a little salt on an already gaping wound.


  2. thomo the lost 30 November 1999 / 8:00 am

    Whilst it is just stuff, it is not a victim-less crime. And really, in a country like Australia in particular, I cannot really think of a valid set of circumstances for stealing from another person.

    If it happened in a very poor country, then perhaps there could be circumstances that were extenuating – but from experience, even those that are stolen from in poor places do not have much more than those doing the stealing and in many cases, they have even less.


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