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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Can I get a side of larceny with that?

Yesterday, I guess I was still sleepwalking after the four-day Easter holiday. I did something that I'm quite frankly ashamed to admit.

I'm not normally a kleptomaniac, and I really DO believe the commandment Thou shall not steal, but I actually walked out of the school cafeteria yesterday without paying for my lunch.

I didn't even realize what I had done until after lunch, and after recess, when I discovered that I still had the two dollars in my pocket. So I thought back to what had actually happened in the cafeteria...

I was watching my kids go through the lunch line, and the cafeteria lady asked what I'd like, and I got my tray from her with chicken nuggets and green beans. I continued to watch my kids go through the lunch line. Then I looked up at the clock and noticed it was past 11:30, so I headed out of the cafeteria. Sure enough, I never stopped to pay.


For some people, a buck seventy-five wouldn't even register on their guilt-o-meter. They have to pilfer at LEAST $30 worth of stuff before they even felt a twinge of remorse. But I've always been the class nerd who stresses out if he owes a nickel for a day-late library book.

So I threw myself on the mercy of the cafeteria staff first thing this morning. And today at lunch, I made sure to pay for yesterday's AND today's meals.

I feel relatively confident that no charges will be pressed and that I will continue to live a free man.

And while we're on the subject of completely bone-headed moves, I pulled another doozy today.

It's something that, as a teacher, really needed to be done. But as a human being, I realized how utterly stupid I was being as soon as the words were out of my mouth.

My little girl who got suspended by the fifth-grade teachers last week has not come back to school. Her suspension is over, and she was supposed to be back yesterday. I happened to see her brother this afternoon. I asked him where his sister was and why she wasn't at school. He said something about her not being able to find her suspension note and not knowing if she could come back without it.

So, like the chicken nugget thieving fool that I am, I said, "Tell her she doesn't need that note -- she supposed to be at school."


So stupid. So stupid. So stupid. So stupid. So stupid. So stupid. So stupid. So stupid.

Maybe her brother will forget to mention it to her. Yeah, and maybe I'll forget to pay for my lunch again tomorrow…


Mrs. T said...

What were you thinking? You should have told him she'd better find that note or forget about EVER coming back to school. ;)

IMC Guy said...

You're too nice! Call the girl yourself and get her back in class.

You could also fine her or her family $1.75 per day she's missing. This could cover the cost of your lunch!

Mike in Texas said...

Ahh, another teacher reduced to petty larceny.

I sentence you to write "I will not steal from the cafeteria" 100 times, and sing the "I'm sorry" song from Calvin and Hobbes.

Anonymous said...

(Take 2 after post failure!)

That was your alter-ego talking to Littlegirl's brother. I call mine Obstinate. I keep her under lock-and-key, but she's a master escape artist. Sometimes Obstinate says it isn't her either. Then we worry about mental diseases.

Mike in Texas said...


That's why I have an Evil Twin brother.

Anonymous said...

I seriously thought they let teachers eat for free.


Ed U. Cater said...

I'm not sure if you're saying "D'oh" to the fact that you told her brother that she could come back, or "D'oh" to the fact that you used ghetto-speak...or is "She supposed to be at school" a misprint?

Mister Teacher said...

Well, the update is that she still hasn't come back to school...

And Michelle, did you also think we get picked up in stretch limos every day?? ;)

OK, Ed, fellow MATH teacher, you're really going to pick on me for tiny spelling errors?? Lousy voice recognition software...

Anonymous said...

Mike in Texas, I'm a twin too. For real. I haven't named her alter-ego. Her evilness defies description.