I lumbered up the stairs of my 4th floor walk-up after a 14-hour day to be greeted by a torn up package sitting at my door. I sprung forward to get a closer look at the mangled trash, discovering it was a delivery of cabaret costumes. The package was supposed to contain 4 black derby hats, and now only contained 3.
Allow me to walk you thru the course of events following the theft:
A) I felt every shade of anger pass thru me. Pissed. Enraged. Livid. Disappointed. Yeah the thing cost all of $5, but it was spent using hard earned money from the cabaret my friends and I produce and direct. Sometimes when things get stolen you think to yourself, “well maybe they needed it more.” Nope. Not this time, pretty sure we need our costume pieces. We intentionally don’t pay ourselves from our earnings so we can invest the money back into the company and pay for things like $5 derby hats. The act had, in a way, let down everyone who invested their precious time, sweat, and jazz hands into the company.
B) Now what? There’s no evidence as to who committed the crime. Do I just stomp and mope around my apartment? Well yes, but not for too long. Like, do I write a note? Surely an anonymous note won’t reap justice on this act. The idea could be, just, crazy, enough. Take action Andrea. Go deliver a morally charged message, guilting their klepto actions. So I did just that. Please reference below and please excuse my poorly structured sentences. Remember…I was riled up.
D) Long live karma and faith in humankind…¡¡¡THE HAT WAS RETURNED!!! I was shocked* on two accounts: that someone actually took heed AND took action. Karma poked at their conscience, persuading them back to the scene of the crime, only this time doing the neighborly thing.
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E) I could have just given up and said, “screw it, it’s just a little $5 hat.” But speaking up and letting my emotions take action, seemed like more fun, more adventurous. And the moral to this story? People are good, even if they sometimes do bad things. And don’t be afraid to speak up, even if you think your voice won’t be heard. Someone might listen.
Here’s to saying something.