9 strange things thieves steal

When times get tough, just about anything is fair game for criminals. These days, there are black markets for detergent, hay and even teeth.

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Feb 27, 2013 5:28AM

We ate lard on our bread to fill up.  Mom baked 7 loaves of bread a day of course there were 10 of us.

We had lots of wild plums, apples, grapes in the fence lines of our property.  Now all are gone due to atrazine weed killer. Oh yes elderberries, raspberries' and black berries also.  We had a big garden and Dad had about 50 to 80 acres of potatoes.  So many people rapped on their door to offer to pick potatoes all day if they could have 1/2 bushel. Of course Dad had all the help needed.  He was so stressed out by not being able to accommodate all the people asking, he almost quit farming. The inside of any used envelope was cut nicely for our grocery list.  Only essentials were purchased or traded for the eggs, fowl,  potatoes, etc.   I could go on and on.  The children just don't realize what we went through.  Actually we need another time like this to put the children back in to perspective. Cell phones, I pads etc. etc.. We quit electricity and took out the phone. But we all survived.


Feb 27, 2013 5:45AM
It's nearly impossible to compare the current economic depression to the one in the 1930's. Because since that time people have become more ruthless to one another, which wasn't the case back at time. I believe this is because of the steady indoctrination of the idiotic idea which was often repeated of 'America and the spirit of competition mentality' which sounds fine on paper but in practice ends up to be just an exercise in social-Darwinism where not the most qualified but the most ruthless and unscrupulous individuals get ahead.

The entire country is run basically like a crooked carnival that only benefits the smallest fraction of 1% of the people while the rest are taken advantage of and told to blame illegal immigrants, minorities, women, gays or any other scapegoated group with the exception of the pirates that are stealing the majority of the nations' wealth through clever deception.

Feb 27, 2013 8:39AM

The most popular stolen articles in my area are copper pipes from abandoned houses (we have lots of them), frozen seafood and manhole covers.  Of course scrap metal dealers shouldn't accept man hole covers.  I drive an elderly car which I plan to run into the ground.  My TV is 20 years old; I only use it to watch DVDs.  I am a vegetarian because I cannot condone the horrors of factory farming, but also because meat is full of anti-biotics and growth hormones.  Try giving up meat, after a few months you won't miss it, likewise cigarettes.  The greatest incentive to quit smoking, I think, is to think how stinky it makes your breath!  Keep that in mind.


I do buy a lot of clothes, from my favorite thrift shop, carrying names like Liz Claiborn, Jones New York, Eddy Bauer, LL Bean, and others.  I've gotten all-wool coats and unworn leather shoes.  It's fun!  The only new things I bought this year is underwear from Walmart, and a pair of winter boots, which will probably last forever, from LL Bean.


I seldom go out to eat, which I consider "recreational eating" which is making Americans fat, diabetic, and unhealthy.  I am not into status symbols, fads, or the latest technological toys.  My motto is from Henry David Thoreau "A man is wealthy according to the things he can let alone."


I realize my life style, which I am quite happy with, would be an impractical hardship for many people, especially for people with kids.  I feel parents who buy their kids everything they want are raising kids who will be (let's face it) downwardly mobile, maybe even poor, and will not adjust to their less affluent lives.  Instill a love of reading and take them to the library, as soon as they can read.




Feb 27, 2013 8:44AM

The worst kind of poverty is spiritual poverty.


Feb 27, 2013 9:08AM
The increases in crime seem to coincide with the lack of punishment. The only true crimestopper is the homeowner who blows the dirtbags away with gunfire.Keep up the good work.
Feb 27, 2013 6:18AM

Prolonged Economic Downturn?    Ha ha ..   That's code for "Welcome to your new reality, America - thanks to socialism." 


This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Feb 27, 2013 8:10AM
Correct that in America people would kill for a pair of tennis shoes due to greed and years of public education that includes secular humanism and life boat ethics. True that America has went thru hard times but times were such that people had respect and dignity and appreciated other peoples rights, and those days are gone for good.
Feb 27, 2013 6:04AM
Today's world is a self world to the larger degree and seems it's not so much who one is , but what one has and how much money they got . The hundred year old house lived in for twenty years and still being fixed up slow but sure , isn't much , but oh the life and love of all the kids , my kids and family . This is my treasure here on this earth and i wouldn't trade it for anything , and yes , no one can take it from me . So through out the years , i can hardly remember a thing being stolen and the doors were never locked , what a gift .
Feb 27, 2013 8:50AM
Whats even more F'd up is people voted in November and said "Thank you sir may we have another". And it won't get any better in the next 3.5 years.You asked for it. YOu had a chance to change it. But nope....Gas,oil,food all going up dailey. NYSE being manipulated dailey. Your paying higher prices for stuff because of whats selling on the other side of the world for a certain price or whats happening in the news in real time.
Feb 27, 2013 9:30AM
Do the world a favor, if you see a thief, shoot them, they don't deserve life.  Instead of working, they take other peoples hard earned stuff.  I've been robbed twice, and it is a terrible feeling.  I made hardly any money, and it took me forever to afford to repair my window and get a new radio.  A thieves life means nothing to me.
Feb 27, 2013 9:07AM

I read this and am both amused and annoyed at the same time. Am amused as it shows how "creative" people are about making money. As several of my relatives used to tell me if they put half that effort into an honest job they would be a great person. Am annoyed as many seem to miss what i see as the main point of the slide show/ article. The point being that there are always those that will use means other then legal to procure a living and some of those means will seem weird or out there to those of us that are relatively law abiding.


The only person that I have to answer to for my actions in the mirror each day is myself so i make sure that I can answer myself with a good heart.

Feb 27, 2013 5:35AM
Feb 27, 2013 8:31AM
Who buys laundry detergent on the black market?! Don't they realize you can make laundry soap yourself?
Feb 27, 2013 9:43AM

This is what you reap when you coddle the entitlment / Me Me generation. And as Government makes you more dependent on it, the more disonesty creeps in. You voted for it-now you got it.

Feb 27, 2013 6:54AM
If someone wants to speak about hay and posts a picture of their subject...they really ought to use a picture of hay and not straw...significant difference.
Feb 27, 2013 9:36AM

Wait a minute!  The reverend Al and all the Left-wing media are saying things are looking up.  The prospects for "America" are great.  Our leader is a gift from god, the new-age messiah.  Who can possibly believe a story like this?  When the doctor and his staff that told us they may have to go out business when the first of Obamacare bomb**** them, I told them to watch Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz explain why they're crazy.


The American people are not just stupid, it seems - they're crazy, too.  Ah, but that's gonna be taken care of by another federal Obama program - right?

Feb 27, 2013 6:56AM
I like how people are saying that there is more stealing now than the 30's and that the 30's was more civilized than today.  You must remember the 30's was the birthplace of gangsters and mobs, mass killings, and cocaine was still legal for companies to give to their workers so they can work longer hours.

And you people are saying it is worse that people are stealing Tide
Feb 27, 2013 8:03AM
Years ago I worked at a gas station. The only time we ever had to worry about gas theft was when we ran it on sale. You figure it out.
Feb 27, 2013 8:22AM
Nice comments. There are some interesting points brought up.....are we better off now than we were in the past? I believe our older generation speaks well of it as they experienced first hand and the younger generation always feel they have it the worst. More issues are brought to the surface spoken out loud than in the past without the fear of 'old school' though of tarnishing a families good name, as mentioned below in someone comment. As bad as things seem in this day and age; I believe we have it much better than how the middle class and some of the poor lived in the early 1900s. We have social and government programs to help. There are thousands of nonprofits that are here to assist, all one needs to do is ask for help. In my county there are over 3000. And lets not forget about the easy of finding and researching help with the use of the internet. I am in my thirties...but one of my favorite saying I learned as a child, "waste not want not". I can say that many in my generation really do not understands what that means....but I do and I live by it every day.  god speed
Feb 27, 2013 10:18AM
People steal anything and everything.  My house was for sale for two years.  Among things stolen by "buyers" were drywall tape, the bag of attachments to my new dremel tool, music cds and my new cordless drill.  The realtors don't stay with these "buyers" and I learned from my roommate that a couple spent an hour in my bedroom!  Roommates also seem to think everything is up for grabs - your food, your detergent, new sheets and pillow cases.  My diamond drop earrings and laptop also disappeared when I had roommates, as well as my Social Security card, so I can just imagine how it is for stores.  I grew up in a very poor family and if us kids had ever stolen anything, we would have had to deal with our mom - not a good thing.  When I was 4 or 5 I took a pack of gum from a store and mom marched me right back and made me return it with an apology and a promise to never steal anything again.  Believe me, I didn't. 
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