Someone stole our bird feeders. Can you believe that shit?

We were out for a walk this afternoon, and got back around 6 PM — I can remember church bells ringing as we approached our block. And in between then and 10 minutes ago, while it was thunderstorming, someone ripped off three of our four bird feeders from the front yard (a tube feeder, a finch feeder, and a hummingbird feeder). Neither of the two tube feeders on the side of the house are missing, nor are any of the three feeders in the back yard. But the ones in the front were the nicest, which was probably stupid, but it made us happy to look out and see them out there. Now they’re gone, dammit.

I phoned in a police report — the woman who took down the information probably thought I was crazy to be reporting such a minor theft, but hey, they came to over $70 value together, so that’s not nothing — and Karsten and I went out to look around and see if maybe someone just threw them aside. We saw footprints and were able to see how the person crossed the yard, but it didn’t tell us anything more than that. And then it started raining again, so even if it was valuable evidence, it’s gone now.

I’m just so incredibly disappointed in people who would steal bird feeders from someone else’s yard. It’s not like they’re stealing food or other necessities — it’s just a plain ugly thing to do.

Good thing I was already in a bad mood, so this isn’t really ruining it.

Low-down thing to do

7 thoughts on “Low-down thing to do

  • April 2, 2006 at 10:43 pm
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    Why the *hell* would someone steal bird feeders? Except to just be mean. I’m so sorry, what an awful feeling!

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  • April 2, 2006 at 10:52 pm
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    That’s like when someone stole the package containing my contact from my mailbox. Who the hell would want my contact?

    Some people are just really nasty.

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  • April 2, 2006 at 10:59 pm
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    In trying to explain his thoughts on the matter, Karsten told this story: while he was sitting on the front steps last night, a guy rode by on a bike but, on noticing Karsten sitting there, circled back to ask, “Hey, you got anything I could do for a dollar fifty?” Since we’ve already learned our lesson about trying to help people out (they keep coming back, and they start getting really pushy and trying to find out way too much about our at-home/away schedule), Karsten just said, “No, sorry, I did it all already today.” And the guy grumbled and rode away. So I think his point was that this is the level of poverty we’re surrounded by — where it’s worth asking for work to earn $1.50.

    It’s a good reminder, and I have to keep that in mind, but I still find it discouraging that people find it reasonable to steal. Especially something with sentimental value, like those bird feeders had — but then, I don’t suppose the thieves would have known or cared that we were particularly attached to them.

    I dunno. I can’t make much sense of it.

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  • April 2, 2006 at 11:04 pm
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    That is just so messed up. I suppose they probably just wanted something they could sell or pawn. Y’all might check local pawnshops in a couple of days. (I know, I know, in these days of eBay it sounds ridicuous, but it might be the case.)

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  • April 2, 2006 at 11:05 pm
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    Oh, that really sucks!

    -J

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  • April 2, 2006 at 11:11 pm
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    No, that’s a good idea… except now I’m daunted by the thought of just how many pawn shops I know of within five miles of here. Yikes. But thanks for the thought — we may try that.

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  • April 2, 2006 at 11:22 pm
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    That’s pretty crappy. Human beings sure can be jerks sometimes. 🙁 When I hear about stuff like that, I want to go do something nice for someone, almost as if I want to make up for / counterbalance the nastiness of my species.

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