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(ABC 27)   Thief: "Here is $800 that I stole back in the 1980s. Sorry"   (abc27.com) divider line 16
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2013-03-18 10:27:36 PM
5 votes:
The $1,200, while it includes some interest, falls short of making up for the loss in the dollar's purchasing power over the intervening years. The stolen $800 would be worth about $1,800 today, based on changes in the consumer price index.

Yes, Mr. Reporter, I'm sure the guy with a 5th grade intellect consulted inflation adjusted CPI before sending his payment.

Jesus. It's a great story apart from the reporter being a dillhole.
2013-03-19 02:14:24 AM
4 votes:

jaylectricity: So I should just steal money from people right now, invest it wisely, then give them their money back later with "interest" and keep whatever is left over? Seems like a weird society we have going on here.


You just described banking, minus the giving it back part.
2013-03-19 02:25:36 AM
3 votes:
that he took it upon himself to prostrate himself in this fashion makes a case for him having some degree of rehabilitation, it should be encouraged and studied, not necessarily in that order
2013-03-19 02:23:04 AM
3 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: Invested in a conservative S&P index fund since June 1983 until today would have garnered the business owner $6,657.

So paying back $1,200 may make the thief feel good, but he's still a far cry from making things right.


False. He stole $800. If he returned $800, it is enough.

Justice is blind.
2013-03-19 06:07:38 AM
2 votes:

potterydove: 6 year SoL for most crimes in MI, and I think 6 years is the max SoL for most civil actions.


Apparently, some peoples' conscience don't have a SoL.
2013-03-19 03:32:04 AM
2 votes:
For fark's sake, the guy is trying to do the right thing. I don't care if it was only a dollar he paid back or anything for that matter, the pure acknowledgement and true regret on his part that he had done wrong is good enough.
2013-03-19 02:31:11 AM
2 votes:
The $1,200, while it includes some interest, falls short of making up for the loss in the dollar's purchasing power over the intervening years. The stolen $800 would be worth about $1,800 today, based on changes in the consumer price index.

'Cause, yeah, you have to buy back your virtue at the going rate. That's the way the cosmic karma works alright - consumer price index.
2013-03-20 10:00:08 PM
1 votes:
Essentially, they're saying this one-time criminal has a conscience and is making restitution.  Which makes him a better person than (most of) the members of Congress and the President.

/yeah, looking at you Pelosi, Reid, Feinstein
2013-03-19 02:03:09 PM
1 votes:
 Ok he made a mistake 30yrs ago. Apparently he has been very remorseful and guilt stricken ever since. Seems to me this man's conscience has done more to him than any jail could have. It is more than obvious that he is poorly educated and that may have contributed to his criminal behavior. I am not saying he was right or that he had the right because he was poor and uneducated. I am saying he tried to make amends and that is what restitution and rehabilitation are supposed to be about?
2013-03-19 04:00:43 AM
1 votes:

Kevin72: Alcohol may have been involved in the form of AA. Sounds awfully 9thsteppy to me.


That sounds like a good name for an alcoholic clown - 9thSteppy. 9thSteppy the Clown, wants to make up for destroying your childhood psyche. Honk, honk.
2013-03-19 03:41:31 AM
1 votes:
Alcohol may have been involved in the form of AA. Sounds awfully 9thsteppy to me.
2013-03-19 03:05:31 AM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: doglover: AverageAmericanGuy: Invested in a conservative S&P index fund since June 1983 until today would have garnered the business owner $6,657.

So paying back $1,200 may make the thief feel good, but he's still a far cry from making things right.

False. He stole $800. If he returned $800, it is enough.

Justice is blind.

If he has his hand chopped off, it is enough.

$800 could have been the difference between business success and failure for that small business owner. The damage incurred is compounded by time.


Considering where the robbery occurred, I'd like to put forth my theory that if the money were not stolen it would've been spent on a combination of hookers, drugs, and trips to Michigan's Adventure.

Also, nothing in the article about whether the $1200 dollars was ever actually given to the store owner.  Is it possible the $1000 was just put in the evidence locker, even though they weren't planning to investigate?  I'm sure the guy could find something to use the $500 on.  That $250 could at least buy the guy groceries for a month or so.  On second thought, the $100 the thief send would really probably only cover a nice dinner date for the man and his wife, so it's no big deal.
2013-03-19 02:57:05 AM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: Choppy Choppy!


Would you consider superheroes?

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2013-03-19 02:44:15 AM
1 votes:

Hector Remarkable: The $1,200, while it includes some interest, falls short of making up for the loss in the dollar's purchasing power over the intervening years. The stolen $800 would be worth about $1,800 today, based on changes in the consumer price index.

'Cause, yeah, you have to buy back your virtue at the going rate. That's the way the cosmic karma works alright - consumer price index.


That is one of the funniest comments I have read on Fark in ages.

/I bow to you sir.
2013-03-19 02:43:53 AM
1 votes:

Puffy McBooze: AverageAmericanGuy: StoPPeRmobile: AverageAmericanGuy: doglover: AverageAmericanGuy: Invested in a conservative S&P index fund since June 1983 until today would have garnered the business owner $6,657.

So paying back $1,200 may make the thief feel good, but he's still a far cry from making things right.

False. He stole $800. If he returned $800, it is enough.

Justice is blind.

If he has his hand chopped off, it is enough.

$800 could have been the difference between business success and failure for that small business owner. The damage incurred is compounded by time.

Maybe the struggle inspired him to succeed when he though all was lost and became a great success.

If you're saying that we don't know how that 800 dollars would have changed the life of the business owner, you're right.

So let's call it even and cut the thief's hand off.

Well of course, that is the most productive course of action...or maybe...just maybe...this is an act of contrition.  Perhaps should be lauded, and maybe even shows that there is hope yet left for humanity?  I leave it to you to decide for yourself  AverageAmericanGuy


Choppy Choppy!
2013-03-19 02:31:40 AM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: doglover: AverageAmericanGuy: Invested in a conservative S&P index fund since June 1983 until today would have garnered the business owner $6,657.

So paying back $1,200 may make the thief feel good, but he's still a far cry from making things right.

False. He stole $800. If he returned $800, it is enough.

Justice is blind.

If he has his hand chopped off, it is enough.

$800 could have been the difference between business success and failure for that small business owner. The damage incurred is compounded by time.


Maybe the struggle inspired him to succeed when he though all was lost and became a great success.
 
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