Opening a Can of Worms


Most of you know that I am honest and I speak my mind. I try to be kind and considerate, however, to all audiences when writing blog posts. Do you know how hard that is? Seriously, sometimes I think I might bust a vein holding in some of my frustrations!

Some things aren’t worth posting or even putting into words. But, this time I feel that someone MUST start the conversation on the topic of theft. Yes, THEFT!!! Specifically, theft committed by people over retirement age.

Oh, snap! Yep, I’m going there!

Do you know how many times I’ve seen someone over 65 clear a table at a restaurant of ALL of it’s condiments and accessories right into a purse? Too many!!

Have you watched that sweet little lady put all 50 creamers from the hotel coffee bar in her bag?

How about all of the vacation rentals that have stopped renting to “snow birds” because they take everything in the house? Now, the owners no longer offer monthly rates due to trying to avoid the retirees without discriminating. Seriously, today a home owner told me that he was replacing towels, pillows, and toasters, sheets, pans…after every “snow bird” rental.


So, is there an unspoken code that folks over 65 can just start taking whatever they want? NO! I know plenty of folks over 65 that don’t steal. So, why are the others not being called out for blatant theft?

You can’t steal at 13 and you can’t steal at 73 and it’s all for the same reason!!! When you steal, someone else pays.



Guess what? I told on an elderly man at Walmart who was taking plastic bags from the empty registers and walking through the store filling them up with random stuff. No, it wasn’t groceries and he wasn’t homeless. He drove up, walked in, and started robbing the joint! It’s wrong! It’s always wrong!

If you need help, ask. Most people and businesses will try their best to help anyone in need.

There is no need to comment and explain all of the economic reasons that might cause someone to steal. No need to remind me that our elders deserve respect. I truly understand these things. I also believe that entire groups of people should not be judged by the actions of a few or even a majority.

I’m just wondering why no one is willing to openly discuss this issue? What would stop this epidemic?
Are we even trying to stop it?
Do we just accept it and deal with the consequences?
Will my loved ones speak to me after this post? 🙂

This is a subject that has been on my mind for quite some time but, with our new lifestyle, it has been greatly magnified and is affecting our ability to rent vacation homes by the month. Now, the first thing I tell the homeowners is that we are not retirees or “snow birds”. That’s sad to me.

-Jodi (or maybe Brodie)

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6 thoughts on “Opening a Can of Worms

  1. I’m with ya on this 100%. I see this all the time and they’re so blatantly obvious. It’s like they’re daring us to say something to stop them.

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    • I agree. Maybe that’s the part that is most disturbing. There seems to be little shame or attempt to hide the act. No concern of consequences or effect on others. This is me telling my 75 year old self not to steal.

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  2. Brenda Obrecht

    I’ve never seen it first hand but I know some “seniors” can be pretty tight fisted. I’ve had them get irate over a 10 cent coupon. I’m not offended by anything you said, I guess if I was guilty of the stealing I would take offence.

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  3. Something tells me someday a loved one is going to be cleaning out a fridge and wondering why where are so many Coffee Mate creamers!
    I had no idea about the problem with rentals.

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  4. Right is right, wrong is wrong. But I’m constantly amazed at how many people “steal” or “game” the system.

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