Dear EU followers
I know I haven’t been active for a while, I got a new job and my academic stuff got me busy, so I didn’t have much time. But I have something I need you to do.
In many European countries cannabis is legal or the penalties for using it are mild. However, it’s not the case in the whole Union. In my country you can go to jail for smoking a joint or having small amount of marihuana when inspected by the police.
This is why there’s a petition to make cannabis legal in the whole Union - this way conservative groups and Church won’t be able to pressure the government to keep it illegal, as EU regulations are more important than the country’s legal system.
To make it happen, we need a MILLION signatures and seven countries in which over 40,000 people signed. So, even if you live in AMsterdam, do it for your pals in Poland. Pretty please.
The link: https://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/REQ-ECI-2013-000023/public/
We are forced to live in a system that steals from us daily, Kill snitch culture.
Important things to keep in mind!
- never take from ‘mom and pop’ type store. Its likely you’ll actually harm them, whereas taking from a walmart wont effect much.
- never take items that a worker is assigned to monitor (usually super expensive items), theyll be in trouble for it. and its usually a minimum wage worker and usually they lose hours or pay, or they even get fired.
- similar to the above, never take things that are usually locked up for the above reason
- if its a store you know gives their near-expiration products to workers/charity, try to avoid taking the near expiration products.
- if youre taking clothing, avoid leaving hangers. it sounds weird, but itll make it seem like it was more likely an error in the computer than a theft, since the empty hanger sitting there will seem suspicious.
- also for clothing, try not to take more than one item at once, as it will look suspicious if theres 10 medium shirts missing, and it won’t be written off as just a stocking error. and it will lead to workers being penalized
- basically just always consider ‘will this harm a worker’ and if the answer is yes then dont do it
like i was homeless for a while when i was younger and i tried to follow those guidelines to avoid doing harm to people who were probably not much better off than me while trying to get food for myself.
I dunno how I feel about this post… though it’s kind to think of the employees
I don’t approve of shop-lifting; but if you’re ever gonna for whatever reason, keep this stuff in mind, please!
I don’t know how it looks in America but I can say for Poland. And it’s not solution. First thought I had was “employees”. Yeah, if you don’t know it, then I tell you that employees are responsible for shop-lifting. This is in their contract of employment. For example, if someone steals something from discount store, like your Walmart, and they found that there is lack of something, and it’s nothing expensive, then employees are responsible for that. I mean all: employees on the hall, cashiers, security. All of them, who worked in the time of stealing. And if it will be not found, then their salaries are lower. So no, thanks, I won’t keep it for my myself, just because “system is bad”. Because I don’t want employees (and their families) to suffer because of me. Since when it’s good to steal something? And for me it’s encourgement to crime. Just like - “I don’t like that person, so I have the right to kill them”. No, it’s not solution for bad system.
Praise you, Miss Cath!!!
Also, if you’re too poor to buy food, you can always ask the employees to give you near-expiration stuff or ask for leftovers in a restaurant. My friend travelled through Poland with no money left and once he got a whole bag of groceries because he argued with friends over what to buy for the last money they had. The employees in the shop pitied them and gave them what they could. Also, I worked in a quite fancy restaurant and there was a homeless man who came by once-twice a week asking for food and he always got something from the stuff that was left/counted in the expenses, like bread.
Stealing is immoral and is a crime and most oftenly harms the lowest-rank, lowest paid people who are on contracts allowing to fire them instantly without giving any reason.
“We all suffer until we realize we don’t have to.”
Mental illness does not excuse domestic violence.
Mental illness does not excuse abuse.
Mental illness does not make these things okay or in any way acceptable.
It absolutely doesn’t, but people with mental illness are still WAYYYYYYYYYYYY more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators, as the media often paints them to be (perpetrators).
I always feel weird about stuff like this. Yes, I agree with the above, of course - it’s something I’m also vocal about. However, I feel hijacking the intent of the post derails why I wrote it in the first place. When I make a post, I word things with thought and purpose, and things were no different when I wrote this original post.
Lately, I have been working with women who have been abused by men, who cite their PTSD, their bipolar disorder, their depression, their alleged sociopathy for why they are batterers. They use it to “explain” and “excuse” the behavior; they use it to manipulate the woman and make her feel guilty; they use it to make her feel like she doesn’t have any right to share it with anyone else (since the illness and how he “deals” with it is his business.
Just to bring it home: I wrote this post, as is, for a reason. This post had a place and a purpose.