Stealing not worth it — that’s the truth

By Grant McGee: Local columnist

The Lady of the House and I were in Truth or Consequences the other weekend. One place we visited was a secondhand store.

In places like this I look for old music and bicycle parts. She looks at everything. So I usually finish first.

While she continued to search for hidden treasures, my eyes wandered around the store. A sign on the dressing room door grabbed my attention: “Stealing from this store will give you bad karma. The evil eye will also be upon you. You will lose all your luck, all good will cease to flow to you, physically you will get sick, all of your hair will fall out and you will lose at least 100 times the value of what you steal. DON’T DO IT. It is not worth it.”

This is a sign you probably wouldn’t see in Clovis. The most unique anti-theft sign I’ve seen in our area is a handwritten one on the front door of a Muleshoe store: “Shoplifters will receive a free ride in a police car.”

I thought about people stealing stuff. Then I remembered a tale of taking something that doesn’t belong to you.

There was a guy from Taos Pueblo — I’ll call him Bob — who had a stuffed buffalo head. A new guy in Taos saw the head on Bob’s wall and asked to borrow it to hang in his just-opened shop. Bob said “no problem” and the stuffed thing was taken into town where it stared down at all the pricey stuff in the guy’s store.

Sometime later Bob was in town and he decided to visit the guy’s shop. He found an empty storefront. Everything was gone, including the buffalo head.

“Aren’t you angry about him taking your buffalo head?” another friend asked later.

“No,” said Bob. “Now, every time he sees it he’ll be reminded he stole it from me.”
It’s a good story. I told it to my buddy Wayne in Roswell.

“I don’t know, bro,” Wayne said. “I don’t think that’ll make much of an impression on folks with no conscience. People who steal don’t feel guilty.”

I remembered stuff I’ve had stolen over the years. Once I had a big rubber snake. I had a roommate who had this glass head. I don’t know why, it was just this glass head of some dude with short, parted hair.

We thought it’d be funny to set the head with the rubber snake wrapped around it on the front porch.

One morning they were gone.

Somebody must have really needed a glass head and a rubber snake just then.

The stolen thing I miss the most is a brass belt buckle with a buffalo on it. I bought it when I was a teenager. It was like a good luck charm. It was in my luggage that was swiped from the baggage compartment of a Greyhound bus between Little Rock, Ark., and Dallas. I hope whoever ended up with it appreciates it as much as I did.

I believe there’s truth to that sign in that store in T-or-C.

Thieves just don’t believe “You will lose all your luck, all good will cease to flow to you, physically you will get sick, all of your hair will fall out and you will lose at least 100 times the value of what you steal. DON’T DO IT. It is not worth it.” Until they get caught.

Grant McGee hosts the weekday morning show on KTQM-FM in Clovis. Contact him at: blisscreek@plateautel.net