It has not been a good few days for those who work to help others. Last Thursday, the Easter Seals association talked publicly about having its trailer stolen — a trailer it uses, among other things, to transport wheelchairs for children with disabilities.
This week, it was Daffodil Place, talking to the CBC about a series of thefts: the top of a barbecue (the rest of the unit was chained down), a bicycle-riding, lawn-chair-stealing thief with attitude (he swore at people trying to stop the theft) and people with nets and plastic bags who were even trying to swipe goldfish from an outdoor pool.
Imagine: stealing outdoor furniture from a facility designed to help cancer patients.
It doesn’t get much lower than that.
Oh wait, it does: also this week, a Regina girl with cerebral palsy had her specialized tricycle stolen from her front yard. It was at the edge of the girl’s wheelchair ramp.
Cast a wider net, and you can scratch your head about the morals of a team of people who stole seven pedal-cars from a charity in Great Britain earlier this month. A spokesman for Pedal Power, which raises all its funds through the rental of pedal-powered go-carts, had seven customers sign up for one-hour pedal cart rentals, after which none of the carts were returned. Welsh police theorize that the thefts were planned, and that the thieves simply rode the $10,000-worth of carts into a nearby waiting vehicle.
There really are people among us who would happily steal candy from a baby and not even have a moment’s second thought about it.
There are also those who try to make up for the evil that others do.
Easter Seals has been gratified with the public response after the theft of its trailer was reported in the news. Many people have offered the use of their trailers to the organization for the summer. An individual has donated a new barbecue to Daffodil Place, and in the case of the Regina girl, CBC reports that an investment banker from New York has offered to buy a replacement.
That’s wonderful news.
But while the people who step in to help go a long way towards restoring a shaken faith in humanity, those who steal from others in need truly do deserve a special sort of punishment.
Problem is, so many of these thefts are petty enough that the police barely have the resources to get involved.
In a perfect world, the thieves should perhaps have to walk in the shoes of the people they’ve taken advantage of. Karma may well provide a drop of eventual payback, but it can’t come soon enough.
Despicable behaviour from despicable people.