Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! Last night on my Vlogmas vlog I told the story about how Marcel got caught stealing a baby bottle pop from the grocery store. I wanted to retell this story on here, just so I could go into a bit more detail, and so that it makes a little more sense.I’ll link the video below, and eventually I can see myself re-filming this vlog after Vlogmas is over. I hope you guys enjoy!
A little back story… Marcel and I were kind of living together for a bit before this incident, but when this happened it was right after I moved my bed and all of my stuff over. This was also right before my second surgery- and the day after we got Rin. Mid March 2016. Setting the scene for you.
At this time, I was just transitioning between unemployment assistance (EI), and receiving welfare (Ontario Works or OW), so there was a period where we were living off of Marcel’s pay only, (about $700 every two weeks). This is hard to pay for rent, internet, groceries for 3 people, my medication (because that wasn’t covered until I started receiving OW), and all of the miscellaneous stuff for the cats. I started to steal small cans of food and treats for the cats from the dollar store, just to save us 5 or 10 dollars here and there. This went on for a good three months, never got caught nor would I ever act suspicious about it.
*Disclaimer: I don’t condone my behaviour, nor do I do this anymore, we were struggling so bad, and I felt like I was doing what I had to do to keep this animal nourished, while saving a bit of money for ourselves. Both of our cats eat extremely well now… a little too well if I say so myself. Spoiled brats.
Usually I go to the dollar store before the grocery store, so that I can just call a cab and bring the groceries straight home. But for some reason, this day we went to the grocery store first. I just needed to grab some stuff for dinner so I didn’t even grab a cart. In and out. So I thought.
As we’re walking to the counter, Marcel stops me and tells me he has to put something in my backpack. I don’t think anything of it because we just went out to eat, I genuinely thought it was just his leftovers.Turns out it was a Baby Bottle Pop. Are we in the 90’s?!
We pay for everything and as we go to walk out of the door, we get stopped by this short man in a leather coat, who tells us to empty our pockets because he believes we stole merchandise. Marcel comes back with “you aren’t even a security guard, no!” As if this couldn’t be any more awkward, this man tells us he is a secret shopper.
He asks to check my backpack. And at this time I’m thinking it’s in my bag, Marcel’s going to get off scott free! What the hell do they do about a full grown adult stealing baby bottle pop?! That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
Marcel opens my bag for the man, and in that time grabbed it out of the bag and left it wide open for him to rifle through. He puts the baby bottle pop in his pocket and the man tells us he finds nothing and to just go. Thank you have a nice day…
On our way to the dollar store, I interrogate him and he’s pretty much having an anxiety attack. Sweating, stuttering. It’s hilarious because I know he feels extremely bad. We walk into the dollar store and he doesn’t see me watch him walk over to the candy section, pull the baby bottle pop out of his pocket and place it in with the candy there. AT A DIFFERENT STORE. But hey, at least he put it back right?
I get my things, we pay and leave. I look at him and say “hey you got the candy”? He replies with “no…I.. I.. I..”. To which I respond “yeah, you left it there didn’t you”? And finally, with so much guilt in his voice he yells “no I didn’t just leave it there, I panicked! I put it back!” You panicked and put it back at the wrong store! He said to me that he sees me get away with it and thought he would try. I’ve only ever taken something from the dollar store.
Lesson learned, don’t steal things because you will more than likely get caught by a secret shopper. They’re everywhere, more common than you’d think!
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