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post #1 of 14 Old 04-25-2009, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Rant: Caught stealing from my tack cubby

Today, I was brushing my horse as a girl ran into the tack room and emerged with a coral colored saddle pad. Hmmm. I didn't know anyone else had one that color.

So after I stick my horse in the stall, I check out my tack cubby - and my new coral colored saddle pad is missing. What to do?

So I follow her down to where her parents are loading up her horse and say, "I am sure that you didn't mean to take my saddle pad .....but...
then I reach inside her truck, where her mother is driving, and take it back.

She says, Oh. I don't have a saddle pad and I need one.

What am I, a tack store?

As I am taking it back to the tack cubby, I decide it wouldn't hurt me to loan it to her. So I hand it to her and ask her to wash it before she returns it. Because this is a small community of horse people and I would prefer to get along - and also get my stuff back. I do wonder if I would have ever seen it again if I hadn't snatched it out of her truck.
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-25-2009, 05:21 PM
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That was awesome that you let her borrow it otherwise. Hopefully she has learned you are willing to let her borrow. Maybe she was used to always being told no and so just grabbed it.
I love how you handled the situation. :)
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post #3 of 14 Old 04-25-2009, 05:22 PM
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That is a good move, if it doesn't bother you that you might not see it again even now. Kill them with kindness I say. Too bad though, even now you will always have that in the back of your head when you see her.
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post #4 of 14 Old 04-25-2009, 05:49 PM
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Yes I agree with what the others said that it was kind of you to let her borrow it and a good way of handeling it:)

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post #5 of 14 Old 04-25-2009, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Actually I DON't want her to think she can borrow my stuff without asking. And you are right that I will always kind of know in the back of my head that she takes things. I hope she realizes that what I did was kind - but it put her on notice.

I expect to get my saddle pad back in perfect condition. Or I'll ask her to buy me a new one.

And I should mark stuff better.
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post #6 of 14 Old 04-25-2009, 10:24 PM
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I really admire the way you handled that. Good job. I'm sure others wouldn't be so compassionate. How old was this girl? I can't believe that she would just up and take it.

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post #7 of 14 Old 04-25-2009, 10:39 PM
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UGH! I had this problem at the last barn I boarded at (don't have that problem anymore since i have my girls at home now. phew!). I would come in and find random things missing. like saddle pads, whips, brushes, treats, anything. I started putting a drop of purple nail polish on all of my things. that way i wouldn't have to write my name on them but I would know they were mine. I put it on backs of brushes, bags of treats, ends of whips, and the little tags on my saddle pads.

There were several times where I caught people (usually a specific person) taking my things that, i'll admit, were very plain looking so some of these incidents could have been a true mistake. But I would walk up to this person and say "excuse me but that looks alot like my ____ and I just lost mine". Usually this person would deny it left and right and claim it was theirs and "brand new". I just checked for the purple dot and low and behold.... no more stealing problems! :)

you're alot nicer than I am. I can't stand stuff like that

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post #8 of 14 Old 04-26-2009, 01:14 AM
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you are an extremely nice person! When she brings it back though....I would ask her in a very nice way to plz ask before she borrows anything else. That way she knows that she cant just get what she wants from you.
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post #9 of 14 Old 04-26-2009, 01:33 AM
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I am not that good of a person. People used to take my things CONSTANTLY at the old barn.

I had bought a BRAND NEW navy halter for Joey. It's Mustang brand - you can only find them in Brehnam, about two hours from me. Certainly not locally. I couldn't hang it on his stall - he chews on things. So I had hung it on my other mare's stall. The next day it goes missing and I asked the BARN OWNER if she had seen it. She says, "Yeah, I've seen it. It's mine. I just bought it for July. It's hanging in my garage." 0.o

I was completely floored. I ended up asking to see the receipt (which she didn't have - and I had mine) and driving her down to our local tack shop to show her that they didn't sell that brand of halter.

How do some people think they can just take things? I don't get it. And then lie? Like I'm not going to figure it out?

I ended up putting all my stuff in a locker with a lock on it. Heh.

You're a better person that I am - I HATE it when people use my stuff.
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post #10 of 14 Old 04-26-2009, 07:51 AM
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Yeah, you are much nicer than me too. I have a real bad habit of just spouting off whatever is running through my mind without utilizing my brain/mouth filter and sometimes, it ends very badly. I don't mind loaning people my things if they ask first but when they just take something "because they need it" or "Well, I don't have one", it just chaps my butt. That, to me, clearly demonstrates a VERY spoiled person that has never been taught any kind of respect for themselves or others. I would keep a lock on my tack cubby. Around here, we have a real issue with saddles being stolen from private property and sold in pawn shops. In lieu of putting a lock on my tack room, I chained my most agressive dog in front of the door. Oddly enough, I have never had anything go missing since I did that.
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