Stealing from a local business is never worth it.
The unlawful stealing of someone else’s property is never justified. If you stop for one second and think of the people you are affecting both directly and indirectly, it could save you extreme punishment and shame.
You are stealing from the community, from friends, from people who trust you.
I made the mistake of stealing from a business, which entrusted me to a high extent. What did I do? I engaged in theft that cost me more than just dignity. I stole for my own personal gain and didn’t take the second to realize what I was doing to myself and the people around me.
It was an inexcusable lapse in my own judgement and moral behaviour on my behalf.
The amount of guilt I felt and still feel isn’t comparable to the size of anything in the universe.
However, I intend to make this a learning experience and pass my own experience on as help for others.
I understand theft is wrong and pathetic and now know the consequence is never worth the unlawful gain.
I almost lost everything, but my willingness to move forward and overcome my mistake has shown me a whole new path.
You can lose your freedom to travel abroad, your ability to get a job where you are placed in a position of trust, and even lose the trust of friends and family.
It’s never worth it, and I am deeply sorry for what I did.
Editor’s note: This letter was written by a participant of the Restorative Justice program who agreed to write the letter as part of his/her sanctions.
The writer’s name has been withheld because it is a condition of publishing this letter.
The Tribune doesn’t typically run unsigned letters to the editor but makes a special exception for the program.