The Getaway VehicleI rarely find myself longing for the good old days of my own childhood. After all, those days were filled with processed foods as meals, and the accepted notion that dad rules the house. But after reading that a 10-year-old is being charged with a felony for stealing a neighbor's bicycle? Oh lord, it's time to get some 1970s perspective.
This kid committed his wild crime spree while riding his tricycle around the neighborhood, for Pete's sake. A three-wheeled getaway car, people. Is that worth a felony charge?
I understand that the lady who had her bike and bb gun stolen is rightfully pissed. I would be mad if some kid rolled up on his trike and grabbed my two-wheeler and a bb gun. Especially when I was sitting inside the house. That's brazen. Although, it sounds like the garage was open, so lady, maybe secure your things a little bit better from curious children, mmkay?
You know what happened back in the day if a kid stole another kid's bike in the neighborhood? It usually went one of three ways: 1) A phone call was made to the kid's parents, and the kid sheepishly returned the stolen goods; 2) Ripped off kid confronts kid who stole and a "you did it" and "nuh-uh" war erupts until one of them gets tired of it and gives in; 3) That kid got his ass beat by a neighborhood gang of toughs.
Today, however, it's a felony. Get some perspective suburban Florida. Otherwise you're going to have to start booking toddlers for reaching in the candy bins and eating gummy bears without paying.
What the heck?
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