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A San Bernardino, CA non-profit focused on helping survivors of sexual assault was broken into and its computers were stolen, along with children's story books and candy.


Two hours later, the stolen items turned up returned in a shopping cart along with an apology note.

“We had no idea what we were taking. Here is your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in people’s lives. God Bless.”



EDIT: There's been some really involved discussion regarding ethics, harm, class and systemic oppression. I just wanted to add LittleDanni's comment here because I think it adds a lot of dimension:

"At the same time, I doubt many here would bat an eyelid if the victim of crime were, say, one of those disgusting and manipulative pro-life "pregnancy help" centers. In fact, it wouldn't make these pages.

It doesn't make things correct or acceptable in a moral sense, at all.

However, we too often dismiss the [apparent] symptoms of cyclical poverty which dominates the POC and single-mother demographics. We can only speculate, but someone with as much awareness to understand the importance of a Sexual Assault Support non-profit doesn't really fit into the "I'm gonna buy bling and an xbox" idea.

Because when your only options for income are federal subsidy or minimum-wage-that-can't-actually-provide-for-your-family (most of the time we're talking about a mixture of both), many individuals do end up turning to crime to literally put food on the table. Also, robbing a grocer is generally out of the question due to volume and security, while pilfering computers and selling them for grocery money is far cleaner and simpler.

I dunno, but I feel like the class component is probably missing.

Either that or you have a bunch of assholes. Per Wikipedia, San Bernardino seems to have high-crime and low education, which are often predominant markers for "urban ghettos".

And even further, when we demonize all crime as evil in a zero-sum way, we're also reinforcing the very stereotypes and conditions which lead to very racist de facto segregation and the intentional lack of economic opportunity which provides escape from cyclical poverty/crime."


Also, I should probably highlight a quote from Vicki Stallings that I probably should have pasted in earlier from the main article:

"“I started thinking that even though I was upset with the damage they caused inside, because it was very costly, I just thought sometimes people make bad choices and it was compassion that brought those items back to us,” [. . .] “I’ve been at this agency for 26 years and we have never ever had something that touched us like this.”"


Like There-Was-A-Star-Danced says, people are many-layered. This is a moment that touched the lives of many people, possibly in more ways than we'll ever know.

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