this happened when i was aout 12- 14? i dont remember the exact age.
so. i hated this relative of mine. like to my absolute core. she was loud, obnoxious and kinda rude (which i still agree till this day) and i really hated the fact that she visited us almost every week. i didnt like her kid too, who although was older than me, made it his absolute life mission to make life hell for me whenever they came over (always bullied me lol). idk if i didnt understand the concept of finances or i was just an absolute piece of shit but she didnt have a job that paid much. she wasnt given much opportunity to study much when she was younger and when she did, she never really studied seriously (info came from my mom) and thus couldnt get a job that paid well. she had a rough marriage and overall she just had a hard time being a single mom. as a result, she really all the help she could get financial wise.
and for some reason, i couldnt understand this as a kid. i felt that because she applied for financial help (from the government and many organisations), there was no reason for her to ask my parents for financial help. she would always come over to our house and my parents had to pay for her groceries and just general things like that, from things you would consider a necessity to things i myself would consider a luxury to own. (to make things clear, she had a good relationship with my parents, they were close, so i believe my parents paid for her stuff willingly) i always saw her as a thief? like as if she couldnt just depend on herself for things she needed and had to leech off my parents and i really despised her for that. was never really friendly towards her and whenever she would talk to me i would cut the convo short which was really rude because she’s older than me.
i came up with a plan. everytime my parents would spend money on her daily needs, i would ask for the receipt and keep it and calculate how much she “owed” my parents. eventually one day i decided to “take back what she owed my parents”. and by that i meant i stole from her purse when she wasnt looking. i think i stole about $2 which was not a significant amount, but is still theft. i placed the $2 in my mom’s purse and never got caught for it. later on after some time i realised that i became the person i hated her for and thus never done it again. but yeah thinking about it she was never nasty towards me so idk what i was thinking to carrying that dumb plan. idk if i feel bad for treating her like that when i was younger or that i hated that i became a thief but yeah, would never do this again.