Thieves can be very creative, but Michael and Margaret Pollara, a mother-son team, have taken creative theft to the next level. They stole more than $2 million from Toys R’ Us, by simply walking out the door with toys in hand.
How did they do it? They would pull big boxes of cheap toys off the shelves, fill them with expensive toys such as Lego sets (valued at $150.00 apiece), and then sell them on EBay. The Pollora duo realized that when workers would ring up the boxes at the register, they would scan the bar codes on the boxes without ever even checking what was inside. Genius!
Now, the Pollaras were still spending their own money. They hit over 139 stores in 27 states, and spent over $7,000—but, they stole more than $2 million of product! Their parade finally came to an end when they were caught in Southern Florida after workers noticed items missing that hadn’t been paid for. Authorities were able to track down “Bonnie and Clyde” because the son used a Toys R’ Us Rewards Card. Not Genius!
Unfortunately, even Christians can be creative thieves with the same strategy. Paul tells us to be filled with the Fruit of the Spirit, and we might pretend to be; but then, when no one is watching, we pull out the right stuff and replace it with the wrong stuff. We exchange virtues like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and gentleness, for sins like hatred, fits of rage, jealousy, and discord.
If we engage in theft, like the Pollaras, we’ll eventually get caught. And when we get caught, we won’t answer to police or the courts; we’ll answer to the Great I AM, and anxiously wait for His verdict.
Are you guilty of creative theft? Come clean, before it’s too late.