Robin Hood thought that stealing from the rich was justified. Whether it is justified, qualified, committed between close relatives, by disguised persons, by two or more people, once in a lifetime or once a month, stealing, thieving, wicksing or filching, however one may name it, is still a crime. At least that’s what they teach us in Law School.
For some people though, stealing makes them feel powerful. After stealing for the first time in her life, a woman confessed: “I felt overjoyed! I got away with it and it was…fantastic! Not being caught made me believe that I owned the power!”. Psychologists believe that these people steal because they want to live with intensity by doing something forbidden. Some of them actually return the stolen objects. I am firmly convinced that the victim would greet this kind of thief with a Bambi look, would give him a friendly tap on the shoulder and say: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character…oh, wait. Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing, but I guess you don’t really like nature, dear, isn’t that right? Well, it’s fine.”.
Takahito Kano and Shuho Kikuzawa are not included in this category anyway. They did not take anything back. The weirdest part is that, even if they wanted to do this, it would have been necessary to create an application. The two were charged with acquiring e-books using an application that sends a false message to an online store’s server that a payment has been completed. Kano is accused of stealing 187 e-books which were worth ¥156,500. He allegedly used the illegal app on his iPhone and other devices. Kikuzawa was charged with steeling 72 e-books worth ¥49,650 , in a similar way. The application Kano used is reportedly called iAP Cracker, which is only compatible with devices using the iOS system such as iPhones or iPads, and is not approved by Apple Inc.
Both admitted the wrongdoing. Stealing chicken using a sack seems so last season right now, doesn’t it? I’m looking forward to hearing the news about the people that managed to steal some… Angry Birds.