A person in poverty steals a loaf of bread. Is it ok?

  • Everyone in poverty.

    I understand that stealing is bad. But when you think about if you were going to starve to death. You would find and maybe even steal anything you could get your hands on to eat. Just think about it. Oh no thats a dollar bread and he just stole it, But if it means he will live longer who cares you still have more bread.

  • Define the concept of what is right.

    You take something from someone. In this instance it happens to be a loaf of bread. How can you moralize this against someone that takes you time, Takes your income. . . The world steal already includes a moral judgemen that we have decided is no longer acccetable. Countries used to take things all the time. People are taking from others all th time. The only way to parse this is by hé damage done. If you map out all the taking people do and rank it in terms of damage, I think you will find the break at the very bottom. I’m pretty sure you would say a few things above bread is ok. I just don’t see the relevance of the whether it is ok. Wrong question.

  • It's Just Not Fair

    If you were an ethical person, You would say yes. But, Sadly, I am nowhere close to an ethical person. Just because the thief is poor, Doesn't justify that he can steal. What if Jeff Bezos stole a loaf of bread? Wouldn't he be criticized a lot? According to multiple legal documents and laws in America (assuming this was in the US), Everybody has equal rights.

  • The result does not justify the means.

    This is truly a hard one to argue about. Situational ethics is a tricky thing. But, In the end, The results do not justify the means. I think that there are easy solutions, Such as lowered prices, Or making work easier to get, But this is not the best solution. Stealing is stealing. The results do not justify the means.

  • Unfair and consequential

    Using being poor as an excuse is selfish. If these people didn't get a good job, It is on them. People should not have to sacrifice their money and time for people who don't work hard enough for it. If one person steals, Then others will do it too, Then the providers will run out of money and everyone will become poor and die of starvation. Therefore, I choose no it is not ok for someone in poverty to steal a loaf of bread.

  • There will be no more order.

    If one poor person steals a piece of bread, And they don't get punished, Then other poor people will think that it is ok to steal, As long as they are poor. Then a piece of bread will turn into something more valuable, Like a hamburger. Then that hamburger will turn into a piece of jewelry, And so on. Then people will think that if they are poor, They will not go to jail or be punished if they do something wrong. Then people will get lazy and not work. Then everyone will steal, And then they will just say that they are "poor", So they could steal. Then it would be complete chaos.

  • Human greed is never a good justification for crime.

    If the poor are allowed to steal for their benefit, Then how different is this really from allowing a pedophile to get off scot-free for molesting children? If poverty, Suffering, And a general lack of welfare could be used as excuses for people committing crimes, This would not only grant unfair advantages to certain parts of the population, But also undermine the security of the nation. The law exists for the sake of maintaining order and protecting others, And creating such exceptions would defeat the purpose of the latter.

    The solution instead could be to look at the possibility of using taxpayers' monies to fund a welfare program or at the very least, Subsidize basic necessities to make them more affordable to the impoverished.

  • No way jose

    Because they are stealing. They should pay like everyone else and it won't be fair is poor people can just take stuff. They should just get a job and pay for it. This last bit is just so i can reach the word limit gang gang poor people must pay

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