People Break Down Which Things Are OK To Steal
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Look, us here at George Takei Enterprises (not our official name) in no way support or endorse the actions described below. It would be ethically wrong and potentially incriminating to say that any actions describe thereafter are acceptable or endorsed by us, or society as a whole.

Still, you do what you gotta do. Life is hard. Get what you can out of it, right?


Reddit user, IFeelSorry4UrMothers, wanted to know what to keep their sticky fingers ready for when they asked:

"What's okay to steal?"

The thing is, sometimes the thing you're supposedly "stealing" is not really being stolen, per say, in that if the people who knew you were taking it would file charges or anything.

Sometimes they just don't care.

Getting The Work Done No Matter What

"WiFi from the Jack in the Box by my house."

KittenPics

"Got through grad school leeching from an unsecured signal"

cavegoatlove

"My first apt in 2010 didn't have wifi and there was no way 19 year old me could afford it. Luckly back in the day most people didn't secure their wifi so I had ~8 options."

pokemonprofessor121

We're All Under One Together?

"Living over a decade in Japan, I've come to the conclusion that umbrellas are fair game."

PM_ME_ALL_UR_KARMA

"Take an umbrella, leave an umbrella"

AZBreezy

Take As Many Pacifiers As You Can. Trust Me.

"After giving birth, anything in the hospital room that’s not nailed down."

MamaRebbe

"Kid was in NICU for two weeks after birth. The nurses would give me a new pack of preemie diapers every time I used more than 2 or 3 from a pack of 20, same for those Similac nursettes that came in six packs. I swear I went home with hundreds of diapers and formula bottles. Bless them."

Palolo_Paniolo

"It gets thrown away when you leave so…take it!! Less work for us. Also, formula and diapers are given free to hospital to create new consumers for that brand. We hand them off like hot cakes to help families but also, to screw the mega corporations. We are like drug dealers getting you addicted to pampers or Huggies, lol!"Sol_Luna70

The Office Space Is Entirely Open For Grabs

"Honestly? Where my fellow corporate office supply kleptos?? Don’t lie…"

C-O-double-M

"When I was getting out of the Navy packing up to move. I found about 150 black "For Official Use Only" pens. I kept 10 and took the rest back to the shop."

EducatedEvil

I Mean, Yeah, Sure

"2nd, 3rd, or home in a baseball game."

ElGrandeRojo67

"Stealing 1st would look hilarious because you know the pitcher would just be standing there like "tf do I do?""

orionthehoonter

"You can if the catcher misses"

Zkenny13

"For those not as well versed as u/Zkenny13, if the pitcher throws strike three and the catcher doesn't catch it, the batter may attempt to "steal" first. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen."

"If it does happen, the pitcher is still credited with the strikeout, but it ruins any perfect game attempt."

DasPuggy

It's Build Into The Price

"I have few,"

"Soda from McDonald, ask for water (free) and drain it or drink it and pour soda on it"

"Napkins from any restaurant"

"Ketchup"

"Plastic spoon and fork"

AllenProduction

That Ol' Moral Quandry

"Food. I feel like if someone is desperate enough to steal food they really need it."

DonAskren

"Sanitary products, diapers, baby food. If you ever see a poor-looking/homeless person stealing these expensive necessities, please do not report them to the store manager. These are essentials, most of which happen to be expensive. And if it’s baby-related, don’t report it for the sake of the baby :/"

Ligma_ballz973

It's "The Code," Apparently

"I’m a young female and one “ girl rule “ I would say is common to know is if you see a woman steeling period products( such as pads or tampons ) or baby products like milk or diapers, you do not say a word. You don’t know if that might be a mother who can’t care for her child because of financial problems or mental health. It could be a woman who can’t afford menstrual products. Even if it’s neither of these you never know a person’s situation and it’s better to stay silent."

Cheesefan1

Weird Some Places Put Laws On This

"Trash. It was thrown away, so no one needs it anymore. Stealing trash is actually illegal in my home country, Germany."

DartmitBart

The information super highway is a glorious thing, allowing you access to a myriad of products with a click of the 'Purchase' button...

...most of the time.

Where All My College Students At?

"Academic papers and textbooks. The actual authors don't see a cent of it, it all goes to the publisher who gets to charge like 40 bucks to read it once. Oh and also in order to submit to those journals, you have to pay for it."

Inkuii

"Definitely don't ever type "sci-hub.se" into your browser of you're looking for access to a paper. It certainly doesn't have a database of pirated journal articles, or really practically anything with a DOI..."

"ETA: you also definitely can't download the file as a PDF. And clicking the source on the left side will NOT copy the citation to your clipboard. And it's absolutely NOT mirrored at sci-hub.st or sci-hub.ru if your ISP blocks it........."

Lestalia

"For academic articles, if you email the authors they'll almost always send you their paper for free and be really happy about it too"

fluffytedy54

Higher Learning Should Never Be That Much

"E-Textbooks"

-ImpliedConsent

"Pearsons can go f* themselves."

lorenzomofo

"YES. The online textbook viewer is awful too."

"Once I had to buy a $230 Pearson math textbook, I hated it, and it had multiple wrong answers in the practice question answer key... I returned it 2 weeks later and just found a pdf online"

Taco_Guy3

Up, Up, Down, Down

"Old Nintendo games. If they refuse to maintain their old game systems then there's nothing wrong with emulating them."

User Deleted

"Yeah if you can't even buy a game anymore, there is no ethical argument against pirating."

"Technically you can track down an old physical copy, but at that point you're only benefiting some reseller, not the people who actually own the rights to the game."

itsamamaluigi

When You Absolutely Have To Edit A Picture

"Adobe products"

dansla116

"I’m still using a copy of Photoshop 6 that fell off a truck back in 2000."

mandobaxter

"I’m in my 40’s and pirated my fair share of adobe products over the years. A few weeks ago my teenager was trying to find an old pc game on steam etc. and couldn’t even find a way to buy it. I showed him how to sail the high seas and find it. Today he came to me and said “dad, I found cracked adobe premiere and got it to work”. Don’t think I’ve ever been prouder"

Trill_McNeal

This "Stealing" Is Certainly A Lifestyle Choice

"i think its okay to steal anything. the punishment you get for stealing shouldnt be because you stole. i think it should be because you got caught. think about it, if you steal a twix bar no one is harmed by it. there are millions more being made and thousands more at stores. as long as you dont get caught stealing or harming anyone, ANYTHING is okay to steal."

waq_lol

Just a reminder: The law is there for a reason.

But, you know, be smart about it.

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