The story of my daughter’s friend, the 14-year old fundraising to help pay the $6000 it is going cost for her to travel and compete in a European golf championship this year, was reported on the local news last night. The estimated $160 she raised selling lemonade and samosas was stolen.
The theft was caught on video surveillance cameras at the market where she was selling. Two men came by and asked why she was raising money. She told them. They left and didn’t purchase anything. Then you see them walk back together and one man grabs the money jar off her table and runs off. Cindy’s father tries to run after them and lunges to grab the man but he falls hard onto the cement, flat on his face. My daughter had told me that he had to go to the hospital by ambulance to be checked out but that he was okay. It was very upsetting for my daughter to watch that part on the news. Then the news reporter announces that one of the investigating officers gave Cindy $160 out of his own pocket to help her. The officer requested not to be identified and didn’t want any public recognition for his generosity.
The kindness effect ignites. My daughter told me that at school today Cindy was called down to the office several times and returned each time with money that people had dropped off to support her trip. The news crew had come to her school the day they were reporting the story to interview her about what happened, why she was raising money, her golf goals, etc. and they videoed her in the gym swinging a golf club with the school identified on the gymnasium wall. My daughter also told me that because her full name was disclosed on the news people were contacting her home asking if they could drop off money for her.
The surveillance showed clearly the identity of the two men. If the thieves knew they were being watched on surveillance would they have attempted to steal? The chances of them getting caught and shamed publicly, potentially losing their jobs if they work, is a real possibility. Some people just do things that are dishonest if they think they can get away with it. Would the video camera give them pause to weigh out the consequences?
What if people who were lusting after coworkers thought they were being recorded so that their spouses, kids, parents, business associates, community, etc., could watch? Would that lower the incidents of affairs in the workplace or anywhere else cheaters meet? If cheaters knew cameras were present filming what they try to cover up, would the fear of being exposed halt their deceitful thoughts and actions? Nobody chooses shame and humiliation, the loss of their families and reputation and other fall outs they can’t even foresee. That is why they sneak around, lie, hide and live double lives. They don’t want to get caught.
Some people have no remorse and make excuses to justify their actions regardless. We don’t have to control or change how those people think. This story teaches that despite the lousy situations that we may find ourselves in because of the greediness, selfishness, carelessness, and hatred of others that the universe does work everything out so that what was taken comes back as even more than what was lost and it can happen very quickly.