LETTERS: Actual cost of a crime

A senior lady had her purse stolen at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre.

A senior lady had her purse stolen at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre.

This lady is single and has raised her family by working hard, long hours and now, in her retirement volunteers to improve lives in this community. All she desires is quiet enjoyment of life.

Now, stressed over the loss of pictures of her children and grandchildren, her fur family photos and her grand-mother’s nail file, she has sleep issues. As well, reporting stolen cards (credit, debit, reward points) has distracted her from her volunteer work. She also has to take time out to replace drivers license and medical card. These replacements come at a cost which is difficult to cover for a senior on fixed, low income. That money will have to come from her discretionary budget which means no donations to the food bank or the Salvation Army for the rest of the year.

In conclusion, for about $5 in loose change (there was no folding money in the purse), the community at large loses many times over. And now she questions why she tries to improve lives in this community with her labour and her heart. I pray that this message gets out to the more criminal minds and gives them something to think about. To the shopping centre get your security cameras back online.

The lady in question wishes to remain anonymous. I would like the message to get out to the community at large, and particularly to potential perpetrators.

John Coburn

Penticton

 

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: What makes a winning Caesar?

Three local bartenders competed to make the best Caesar in Penticton

Penticton Legion’s grand reopening a success, says president

17 new members have signed up since the reopening Aug. 1

Festival goers at the 27th annual Roots and Blues Festival

The Observer asked: Where are you from and what brought you to the festival?

OHA alumna welcomed as new assistant coach for women’s varsity team

Alyssa MacMillan attended OHA from 2011 to 2016

Celebrate harvest at the Naramata Tailgate Party

30 wineries will be offering tastings at the Naramata Heritage Inn on Sept. 14

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Okanagan climate advocacy group protests against Tolko

Group to demonstrate outside Vernon head office Monday over plan to log close to water supply

RCMP, search crews hunt for 4-year-old boy missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Okanagan Cultural Connections live venue tour kicks off in Vernon

Two dozen promoters, national booking agents, and music reps to visit venues from Vernon to Oliver

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Mistake-riddled offence leads to first loss for Okanagan Sun

The Sun lost to the Westshore Rebels 16-13

Most Read