Tuesday, May 06, 2008

On integrity and forgiveness and all that schtuff....

So...the latest scandal in the ever-shrinking scrap universe concerns a woman who stole over 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS in cash and merchandise from a scrapbook store she worked at.

She owes over a QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS in restitution to the store owner.

And is paying it back at one (yeah, one) hundred dollars a month.

Which means, that the scrapbook store owner would have to be cryogenically frozen and awoken in oh, 100+ years or so to see it. (Assuming this *lady's* estate continued with the token payments.)

Now, I'm all for making a new start and setting things to rights...but is there a line you shouldn't cross once you've made such a momentous mistake?

The reason I ask is that this woman started a blog.

And on this blog she lobbyied for attention. Big time. Showed her scraproom (brimming with supplies.) Started getting guest designer gigs. Sucking up to "names" in the industry.

Posted pictures of a Martha Stewart Punch that claimed cost so much on Ebay that she was embarrassed to quote the price. Pictures of a mountain of product she purchased at Target AFTER "dropping 50 dollars" at another location.

And her victim gets 100 dollars a month to repay her for practically bankrupting her. The store owner had to get a second mortgage on her home because of this fiasco.

To me, it seems the woman hasn't experienced remorse. That if her financial circumstances have changed since she was ordered to pay 100 a month, she should be paying more. And of her OWN volition. Not because the court ordered her to, but to make things right.

If that had happened, it wouldn't bother me that she's got a small scrapstore of her own in her house and that she seems to be spending 100's of dollars a month on new supplies. I wouldn't care if she appeared as a guest designer for a company.

But, working in a scrapbook store and seeing first-hand what it takes to stay in business, my heart goes out to this owner who sacrificed to keep hers alive while the woman who almost took it away flaunts her prosperity.

Not that it matters what I think, I suppose.

Someday, somehow, if the "perp" doesn't change her ways and her attitude, I fear she will reap what she has sown ten-fold.

I think it's happening already.


Rozzella said...

That is appalling! This woman should be blacklisted from the scrapping community, IMO. And how come she didn't go to jail? That is an enormous amount of money. I also have to wonder how it could go on long enough for her to amass that much in stolen property. Anyway, it's disgusting.

Stampin' Meg said...

I saw all that Pea Drama too. What an evil Santa that chick is. SHe should hang her head in shame. I like the person who had the idea that the courts should have made her garage sale all her scrappy stuff to pay baack the store owner!

Jen Gallacher said...

What a horrible example of dishonesty!! I wonder if $100 hurts enough to change her behavior and give her remorse for what she did. :(

Suzanne said...

I don't think it does Jen! This just amazes me! Does the word budget mean anything to this thief?

Jen N said...

That is just so wrong. $100 is nothing compared to what she did. Wrong, wrong, wrong!