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Why Stealing Is Wrong

I had to write this for court and thought I could put this up for other people who steal stuff and need to learn a lesson or just for people to read.

Stealing is wrong for a lot of reasons. Stealing is a big problem in our country. A lot of people have to deal with stealing in their life. It is a problem everyone is going to have to deal with once in their life. The worst thing about it is that you can easily avoid every getting in trouble for stealing by earning your money and buying what you want with your money. Instead of stealing which will cause problems in the end you should just purchase the item you want. That is the better way to go by far. Stealing is wrong for many reasons but here are three main reasons why it is wrong and you should never do it.

Three reasons why stealing is wrong is because it hurts the stores profits and the stores will lose money, it is a dishonest thing to do and you will have the guilt of stealing for as long as you have the item you stole, and it hurts family members that care about you and want you to do your best to stay out of trouble.

When you steal even if it’s just a small amount it hurts a store’s profits. Even if you think it’s just 1 dollar I can take it, if everyone thought that way then everyone would take just 1 dollar and then the store would lose a lot more then just 1 dollar. So you should never steal even if it seems like it won’t make a difference every small amount of money counts. Stores have to put up with shoplifting all the time and it is something that they shouldn’t have to deal with. If everyone would understand why it is wrong to steal then shoplifting wouldn’t be as big of a problem as it is right now. It’s sad that all the effort stores go through to stop shoplifting doesn’t discourage some people from shoplifting. You can help the store in trying to stop shoplifting by just never stealing from a store and also if you see someone shoplifting you can tell an employee. You have you remember that even though you think it’s fine it can cause a lot more trouble than it’s worth so you just never steal and everything will be alright.

It is also a dishonest thing to do. Stealing is something that is obviously wrong because you are taking something that is not yours without permission from the person you’re taking it from. If you take something and the person or store doesn’t know then they will find out and feel betrayed by you if you know the person. You can lose friends from stealing from them or from them stealing from you. It is something that you should never do because it can hurt someone’s feelings and even if you are still friends with that person after you get through the situation they may never trust you again. Trust is a good thing to have from your friends, if your friends don’t trust you then you may miss out on a lot of opportunity’s in your life. If they don’t trust you they may never allow you into their house or they may always be watching you and that is not a good feeling to have. It is not worth putting up with and it is something you can easily avoid ever having to deal with. All you have to do is not steal and your friends should trust you as long as you don’t give them a reason not to trust you.

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  1. ladybaby

    On May 9, 2009 at 3:41 pm


    Very good letter. Honesty is the best policy. Stealing something little can lead to stealing something big, and that means the consequences are far more serious. Good for you, for learning that lesson early in life. Keep a copy of your letter, you may be able to help others with it.

  2. Embarrassedforyou

    On November 7, 2009 at 12:36 pm


    That was the worst opinion piece I’ve ever read. You should step your writing up a notch.

  3. JULIAA

    On November 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm


    wow, kinda harsh. i thought it was good. nice work

  4. Thomas

    On November 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm


    wow man. not gonna lie, that was pretty terrible as far as literature goes. I’m trying to write a 6 page paper for my Ethics class and was looking for some good sources when i stumbled upon this. I’m very disappointed and am shocked that this is what you chose to turn in as punishment for stealing. Did they put you in jail anyways after reading this?

  5. Jonny

    On January 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm


    DAMN THAT SUCKED

  6. lily

    On February 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm


    wow you guys are assholes i thought it was pretty good you made some good points!

  7. JP

    On April 28, 2010 at 7:49 am


    This letter typifies what is wrong with our society. The over arching theme of your paper is “stealing is wrong because you will get in trouble”. Thieves steal things because they think they won’t get caught. If not getting in trouble is your only reason to quit stealing I guarantee you will have done it again before you even read this post. The reasons you listed for “why stealing is wrong” in no way answer the question, they simply restate the definition of stealing. “Taking something that is not yours without permission” doesn’t begin to describe why stealing is wrong!
    I think the closest your paper comes to describing why stealing is wrong came about quite accidentally (because it is apparent that you still have no clue), when you describe how you would feel if you had worked hard and earned the money to purchase an item, and how proud you would be of that item. Now imagine that after you have spent many hours of your life laboring to earn the money for this prized item, somebody takes it away from you and you never get it back. How would you feel if that happened to you? If you ever have the opportunity to be a victim of theft (and for your sake I hope you do), you may begin to develop an understanding of why stealing is wrong. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the prison systems are full of people who think exactly like you do.

  8. Mark J.

    On May 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm


    Stealing is not wrong, it’s just human nature. Your essay is poorly written as it hinges on the thief actually caring about what others think of him/her. This is America, our society is based on taking one person’s property/resources/etc and giving it to someone else. Technically speaking most of the land of the contiguous United States was stolen from the Native American by the American colonists but today’s American’s(descendants of theives) don’t appear to outwardly feel much compunction. Also when you get a ticket for speeding, how is the officer writing you fine teaching you a lesson? I’ll answer the question, it’s not. The government uses laws as backdrop to steal from citizens. Theft is institutionalized, you are not part of the problem but only a mere symptom of it. Take all you can without paying, it’s the only way to get ahead in life.

  9. maine

    On February 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm


    stealing is wrong -_____________- shows how ignorant YOU are^.. and yeah this didnt explain very well but ehh owell no need to be rude;) grow upppp.

  10. stewart

    On February 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm


    Wow thanks to the person that wrote this article i am learning about stealing and am writing a paragraph about it. THANX =D

  11. MYBIGDOG

    On June 11, 2012 at 11:05 am


    Cool its a good letter and for you people who are cursing its not nice!

  12. JC

    On December 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm


    Hi there, your above piece is quite good however, you are engaging in what we call Circular Thinking. You may not be aware that you are doing it which is okay. About 95% of the population does not know why it is wrong to steal.When asked “why is it wrong to steal?” many will answer “because it is illegal. Because it hurts the company.Because the law says so. Because you are taking what is not yours.” If you look closely and pay attention to the answers, none of them answer why. They define what wrong is however they never seem to answer why. Why is it illegal? Because the law says so. Why does the law says so? Because its immoral. Why is it immoral? Because its wrong. WHY IS IT WRONG TO STEAL? We will go around in circles all the time. so i ask you a simple question, why is it wrong? :)

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