Thursday, January 11, 2007

Retribution Doesn't Equal Justice

So this guy at work has been trying to make me feel better about getting my car stolen. Which is nice and all .... but his words aren't exactly comforting.

It started right after my car was stolen—in the week before it had been recovered. He assured me on several different occasions that what goes around comes around. Whomever stole my car would one day be trying to steal another car and get shot, or get in a terribly mutilating car accident, or otherwise die a horrific death (usually related to auto theft, though not always).

It's now been almost two months since my car was stolen. I've been driving it again for about a month. The pain and angst is starting to fade. But just yesterday, this guy dropped by to talk. He wanted to tell me that, on his way into work that morning, he saw a brand new car that had been crashed into a tree. His point? In his estimation, the car was obviously stolen, the thief was taking it for a joyride, and crashed it.

I'm not entirely certain, but I think this was supposed to be a story of just retribution—exactly what he'd been trying to comfort me with a few months ago. Car thieves will pay!

But that really doesn't console me. The thought of someone else's pain and suffering, whether a car thief or not, doesn't really make me smile. I don't really wonder anymore about the person who stole my car, or why they did it. I don't want retribution. I just want my car to stay in my possession for the rest of its life. Fingers crossed!


Anonymous said...

Isn't it funny what some people say just in order to "help you out". No- that's really not helping. Like the "hospital stories". What- you're going to have minor surgery- let ME tell YOU about my MINOR surgery....

Todd said...

that dude is weird.