Crimes of Excess
April 27, 2012 9:51 AM Subscribe
Is it stealing to take things that are available free to the public? If so, how much would you have to take for it to be stealing?
posted by lhude sing cuccu to religion & philosophy (61 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Sometimes I run out of toilet paper and take a roll from one of my college's public bathrooms. The way I justify this is: "How is it different from me having diarrhea and using the whole roll anyway?" The same goes for plastic utensils--I'll buy one yogurt at Wawa (a food mart) and then take five spoons and five forks to go with it. How do they know I don't need five spoons to eat my yogurt? I'll also sometimes take honey packets.
However, I'm stopping at taking tea packets because I can't really justify tea "going with" anything I'm buying (even though I know I'm really mostly paying for the cup). But otherwise, I feel like they budget in people like me when putting out free stuff like that. So, am I stealing?