The Math Exam

Author Ettienne Vaughan

Once, my partner and I intervened for shoplifting. It was a 16-year-old girl who had stolen a scientific calculator. We called his father and he began to cry with shame on the phone. He said that she had an important exam the next day and that despite all his efforts to support his family, he could not afford to buy this calculator. She had told us the same thing. The store manager said his company’s policy required him to file a complaint. With a heavy heart, we brought her.

In one way or another, the complaint was so sloppy that the case was never tried and filed (Oops!).

Also, when I left the store, my partner and I bought the calculator. We knew someone who needed it.

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