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Reader Opinion: Thieves won't prosper

Quite a few years ago, when I was a young man living in North Dakota, I had three buddies who worked on the railroad. Apparently, they did not listen to their mothers when these wise women told their sons that stealing was wrong and not to do it....

Quite a few years ago, when I was a young man living in North Dakota, I had three buddies who worked on the railroad. Apparently, they did not listen to their mothers when these wise women told their sons that stealing was wrong and not to do it. Two of these young men decided to rob a bank and the other embezzled from a bank. Like most thieves, they thought they wouldn't get caught, but they were.

Not only did the three men suffer consequences of their acts, but their families and friends did too. All were shamed by the thefts. The kids and grandkids of the two men are still suffering today. Talk of what they did so many years ago still comes up among people of their community.

So, a lesson to the wise: if you're thinking about stealing the hard-earned fruits of someone else's labor, don't do it! You will be caught. You and your families will suffer because of it.

Matthew Gilgenbach

Brainerd

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