I stole something from a shop yesterday.
Well, not consciously!
In my entire life, I have NEVER ever consciously stolen anything (except for bandwidth!). No, not even when I was a kid, I never even sneaked any sweeties from the local store down the road.
Yesterday, after browsing through a fairly hip and trendy design-type store, on my way out, I picked up what I thought was a free magazine from a pile stacked up next to the exit, thinking that while I couldn’t understand German, it would be interesting to look at the photos.
2 hours later, sitting in a café drinking an iced coffee, I scanned through the magazine before noticing on the cover that its price was listed on the cover for various European countries. 2€ in Deutschland! That is, 2EUR in Germany! This means that I just cruised out of that shop, magazine in hand without paying for it! And no one stopped me. No one came up and said “Fraulein, you have to pay for that”. I just stole something!
I felt bad about it, and then started worrying that the CCTV cameras would now have me on tape (or even worse, on hard disk – you know, with the digital age and all) stealing that magazine. I could never go back to that shop! The German authorities probably had me on their most-wanted list, I could be deported! However, Pépé assured me that they had more important things on their hands than a short Asian girl pinching a 2EUR magazine.
The thing is, I thought it was free, given that the magazine was stacked up on the floor (not even in one of those magazine bins) right next to the exit door. Everyone knows that’s where you put free magazines!
If you don’t want people walking out with your magazines without paying for them, don’t put them near the exit!
So there you have it, that’s my dirty little secret. What’s yours?