Summer: walk around, count fish. Winter: write hundreds of pages about the fish I counted.
Drink 4 cups of coffee, get report, spend 15 minutes actually figuring out the things I need to know to provide care for my patients, make jokes, follow doctor's orders, chart, chart, chart, chart, chart, chart, give back rubs and check cervix, start medicine, support emotionally, physically, act as a bouncer to the 15 family members, sweat a lot while I'm helping a mom push, cry when the baby is born, help breastfeed; repeat up to 3 times a day. Work for 3 days in a row and then have 4 days off where I try to figure out what to do with myself.
By velveeta chz on Logan Saw a Dude Steal Some Coffee And Said Nothing And Mike Is Like, That's Wrong
I'm a public defender, so I'm with Logan here. The criminal consequences of a theft of even a minimal amount can be severe for someone who is already on the fringes. In MD, theft under $100 carries a potential penalty of 90 days in jail, with additional penalties possible if the person has prior convictions. I have seen people who stole less than $10 worth of stuff go to jail, even when the complainant got his or her money back. Sometimes people have mental illness, sometimes they have substance abuse issues, sometimes they're just poor and trying to make a little cash on the side. I know a lot of people have more sympathy for the guy stealing lunch than they do for the guy lifting DVDs from walmart, but I have to say, having had both those clients, often their lives are equally unstable. This isn't to say that I think theft is okay, or that the law shouldn't prohibit it, but once someone gets brought into the machine of the criminal justice system, it brings about a whole host of consequences, some very far-reaching, that are often disproportionate to the offense. I just think the criminal justice system is horribly, terribly unfair to poor people, which for me is best encapsulated in this quote, "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." Griffin v. Illinois, 351 U.S. 12, 23 (1956) (quoting Anatole France).
By stuffisthings on Logan Saw a Dude Steal Some Coffee And Said Nothing And Mike Is Like, That's Wrong
That's funny because I was just about to email you a WWYD about this time I was visiting New York and a guy in alley was all like "PSST! Hey buddy, wanna buy some coffee?" and opened his trench coat to reveal two bags of Starbucks-brand beans.
What if you walked out and the guy was there, and he thanks you for not telling on him? And then he hands you half the coffee? Do you drink it? Keep it and not drink it? Put it in the poor box? What if the next day he's there, and he tells you, "Spill your purse while I use the diversion to walk out with this stainless travel mug"?
By Weasley on Open Thread
I may have a job after I graduate! The greatest difference between jobs I got while in school versus this is that I didn't immediately accept this job and I'm taking a few days to think of how much money I want to make. Which is a contrast to, "Oh you want to hire me? Yes, please! I'll be on plane in 5 minutes. BTW how much am I making?"
Wait, people SIDED with this asshole?? Augh. "yet each of you has contrived to avoid even moderate achievement."?? I hope all three kids have the best therapists they can find, because surely they need it.
Thank you for sharing this story! I found that as I get stressed, I tend to spend money. I realize it's all about control: I'm in control of my money but not the stressful events in my life. Unfortunately, I have a lot of credit card debt because of this. But recognizing the problem is the first step!
"Mother Theresa wasn't so great. She never got her picture on bubblegum cards, did she? Have you ever seen her picture on a bubblegum card? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who's never had her picture on bubblegum cards?" -Hitch