Lessons To Be Learned From Birthday Card Bandit
Apr 27 , 2015
Thanks to social media, a 39 year old father who allegedly stole a bunch of birthday cards during a child’s birthday party forever will be known as the Birthday Card Bandit or the Party Pooper.
While the headlines are humorous, the repercussions are far from funny.
I would even venture to say that stealing a few birthday cards would even be more damaging than stealing the entire wishing well at a wedding.
Sure the denominations are most likely larger in a wedding card, but what he allegedly stole at the birthday party was far more valuable: innocence.
For example, carefree fun will no longer be the focal point of future parties because birthday boys and girls will most likely worry “will one of the parents steal my gifts?”
As well, it forces parents, like the victim's mom Christa,to have to soften the blow by coming up with a kid-friendly excuse for the perpetrator’s action:
Not to mention, the child of the accused will forever be known as the daughter of “The Birthday Card Bandit” and consequently will feel the hovering dark cloud of suspicion following her from party to party… from class to class…
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I believe the onus is now on the Birthday Card Bandit to lower his bandana and, if he is truly remorseful, write an open letter of apology to children everywhere; the lesson that good people can make bad choices might just be the most valuable birthday gift a child could receive.