My oldest granddaughter, Nicki, age 17, has been invited to spend Spring Break in Florida with a friend and her friend's mother, staying with their relatives. She is really looking forward to this trip.
Nicki's mother, my daughter, has taught Nicki that there is no free lunch. If she wanted to go on the trip, it was up to her to save the money she needed to go. Nicki works hard. She goes to school. After school and weekends, she works a job. She worked as many hours as she could get in order to earn the money she needed. And she reached her goal.
A couple of days ago Nicki and her friend went to the Mall of America to buy some new clothes for their trip. My daughter's posts on Facebook to tell our relatives about what happened, tell the story. The first is the original post. The rest are answers to inquiries about what happened.
"Thanks to the Bloomington PD and MOA security for finding and arresting the 3 15 year old girls who stole money from my daughter last night."
"They went into her changing room when she was grabbing a different size clothing....they bolted and Nicki and her friend yelled for security. Apparently security was already looking for them for something else. They are charged with theft, false information to a police officer and possession of marijuana. Luckily they recovered some of her money when they were searched."
"She went down to the PD at MOA and they were all lined up with their hands on the wall! Luckily she got $160 back out of $300."
"I think she has a new found respect for the police and security for everything they did. That's a win in this situation!"
I am glad that Nicki or her friend weren't hurt. It could have been much worse than it was. She learned a couple of hard facts. First, you don't ever leave cash unattended, even if your friend is in the next changing stall. And second, there are bad people everywhere, who want something for nothing and will take what they want if given the opportunity.
I am also grateful that the police and security people at the Mall of America took Nicki and her friend seriously, and did everything they could to help. There are adults who will just dismiss teenagers because they are teenagers, but these people kept at it until the criminals were caught and arrested.
And Nicki had the satisfaction of being able to watch these three hoodlums being handcuffed. That's got to be worth something!
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