all this money for me?

It’s the season of giving, kindness and goodwill toward men. But apparently a woman in Tinley Park, IL didn’t get the memo.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, “An elderly woman clad in a brown fur coat snatched a Salvation Army kettle and its stand” in front of the Walt’s grocery store on Harlem avenue. The articles goes on to say that the thief drove up, got out and walked past the volunteer bell ringer to the kettle, took it and then drove off.

How does this happen?

Does ringing a bell require so much concentration that you become oblivious to the world around you? Okay, maybe you’re surprised when someone steals your kettle, but don’t you run after them? The article says the woman was 65-70 years old! My year and a half old could probably out run her, not even considering that fact that she was carrying the kettle AND the stand! But even if you can’t catch the geriatric thief, you’d think it would be possible to get a license plate number. What about witnesses? This happened last Saturday. Saturday! When everyone is out shopping and getting items for their Christmas parties.

I think the thing that bothers me the most is that she was wearing a fur coat. No, not because of animal rights, but because those things cost a good chunk of change. If an old man wearing tattered clothes with holes in them did this, you could at least possibly give him some sympathy. But this is despicable.

Ah, Christmas. The season of giving…except for selfish kids who demand every toy in the catalogs, the Grinch, the pushy shoppers in the stores, Ebenezer Scrooge, the insane drivers who cut everyone off in holiday traffic, and for the old women in their fur coats who think some extra cash and a Salvation Army kettle will make a nice decoration next by the stockings hanging from their fireplace.

Merry Christmas.

Author: erik

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