May 4, 2011

15 The Hunched Thief

Dressed in casual slacks and a sweater she browsed the ready to eat section on the first floor of the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. She walked bent over in a slouch position her feet making shovelling sounds as she travelled through the store. Her hair completely gray handed over her face. She looked between her early to mid sixties. She stopped and hunched backtasted the mini food samples set by stall proprietors to entice and encourage patrons’ through their taste buds to buy. At the bakery she paused briefly to quickly straighten up and grab a piece of bread and ate as she continued on her journey through the stalls. I stood and watched her as I waited for the sales person to finish up with a customer. As I watched the crouched woman approached the snack stall where I stood. She slowed her pace and looked at the kaleidoscopes of snacks which included roasted wasabi beans, sweet gummy bears, cashew, almonds and hazel nuts along with table samples of baklava and other achingly sweet delights. She straightened slightly and took a square of baklava and moved further into the stall. She passed a few bins and then stopped to admire a tray filled with orange squares covered in powdered sugar; it was tightly wrapped in clear plastic. She looked at the tray as if in deep longing and concentration with a huffing sound she continued through the store ending again at the orange sugar delight. She walked away then came back studying the orange concoction then with an audible sign she asked the sales person the price. She thanked the sales woman and circled around one more time returning to the same place. She looked to the sales person and saw that she was busy with another customer and as quick as a ninja she swiftly lifted the plastic covering and snatched off two orange squares shoving them into her mouth. She wiped her mouth and walked the store causally pretending interests in the other goodies. I stood there in surprised shock and watched in awe as she again circled the store and boldly helped herself to a few more then left the store in deliberate slowness stopping at other stalls along her way to eat off the tray of samples.

15 comments:

  1. Either needy or just someone out for stealing kicks, who is okay with the bill being emailed to them later with help from the security cameras?

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  2. Unfortunately she is not the first nor will she be the last person to do this. I hope she wasn’t using the "hunched back" as a decoy.

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  3. To steal is wrong. Nevertheless, I’m sorry for the old woman. Perhaps she could never afford these things. She should ask better and not steal.Have a nice weekend. Thank you for your comments all time in my blogs. Be blessed and take care of you!Karin

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  4. I think I would steal to feed my family but other then that I fear the Lord to much to involve myself in such things. I enjoyed the story though. Thank you for visiting my blog and I posted a entry after a long dry spell and appreciate your interest. Bless, Jim

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  5. I’m with everybody else, not sure whether she was starving or what. It is almost impossible to know who is real and who is scamming these days. When I run across someone and I give them something, I can only say…if they are scamming people that is between them and God. They will surely have to give in account for their actions.

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  6. I have seen this woman, too! Or at least her clone :-D There are many of them… Too bad, because you and I are the ones who pay the price. Wish you a nice weekend, Rhapsody!Best regards, Ellen – Norway

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  7. I have seen this happen in stores where they are giving out food samples. Perhaps this woman was hungry, suffering from dementia, or just a plain old thief.
    I do enjoy so much the way you post your observance of people.

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  8. She was hungry...i believe she might had been seen by the security cameras but overlooked since it's food.....it's really a pity though.

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  9. I guess that she must doing all the time? or it was so yummy foods:-)
    These things I have seen the store in here too.
    They don't keeps sample of foods anymore.
    The supermarket kept all the nuts in the container now.
    A Happy Mother's day!

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  10. OK. OK. So you have discovered my disguise. Darn. I was hoping that you wouldn't have recognized me and I see that my plan worked. :)

    Seriously and all joking aside, I can't judge her. I have taken a few samples myself, one... two.... three... but the samples that I was taking were individually wrapped. I guess another way to look at this besides the 'stealing' aspect of it perhaps... but rather it is spreading germs. Never the less, I do hope that she liked the samples.

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  11. haha the pic adds a certain creepiness to the post :P
    she's a crazy one, this one,, but i can sympathize with her if she's like a homeless woman or something. I dnt think she's jst doing it for kicks.

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  12. Is this a true story? Wow. She was probably hungry oh- i don't think someone would do this just for kicks!

    Adiya

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  13. She must have been hungry enough to risk it oh! Creepy picture lol

    Adiya

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  14. She was probably starving and thats definitely not the first time. There are many like her out there. She must have heard a full meal..lol

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  15. I do believe I have seen this lady when I have been shopping. LOL Are these poor souls just hungry, or are they a thief?

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