While shopping today, I noticed that some people apparently do not know the difference between stealing and taste testing. No matter what you may have been taught, picking through grapes, eating them, and not paying, is stealing.
It is not taste testing. This stands true, regardless if it’s one grape or if it’s a handful, as my son and I witnessed today. Even worse, it wasn’t just one shopper we saw do this. There were two of them, and within minutes of each other.
When you do this in the presence of my child, I then have to explain to him that what he is watching you (an adult) do is wrong. Adults are the people that he is supposed to look up to. They are the ones who are supposed to teach him right from wrong.
So when we consider right and wrong, is stealing produce right? No. Therefore, I am kindly asking you to please stop.
Our words, behavior and our actions are the greatest and most utilized tools for teaching children. So please, teach responsibly. Thank you.