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Flower Thieves Strike Again

by Bobby Blair
July 5, 2013

I can still hear my mother's words clearly some half century later in all those boring little gift shops down the Cape. "Don't touch it; it's not yours".

Lily thieves had struck several days before on Hollis Street, when I noticed Friday morning while watering in front of town hall, that someone had lifted a half dozen geraniums from around the town's veterans honor roll. This latest case of petty theft will not appear in the police blotter and is annoying more than anything else. I can't help but wonder if it's a case of bad upbringing or just some type of a new sense of entitlement that people seem to possess.

Two holes remain where geraniums were planted by the town's Memorial Day Committee five weeks ago.

If the latest thieves had been a little more crafty by removing the plants from either end of the rows, I might not have noticed the missing plants.

I can also still hear my dad's words of long ago, "If you want something work for it". Maybe the rules have changed.

 

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Comments (11)

Maybe when the culprits are caught, their punishment should be to do some community service in town, starting with helping the Mayor weed and water those beautiful flowers he maintains.

- Cindy | 7/7/13 4:17 PM

Of all places to steal from.

- JM Brown | 7/7/13 7:10 AM

I recall a few years ago this was happening at Lake Grove Cemetery with flowers. Some one put a GPS in one of the flower pots and before long Holliston's finest had the case closed. Maybe we need a similar solution.

- Chuck Wyatt | 7/6/13 9:06 PM

The people stealing probably don't read this, so maybe put signs up that they're being watched? So sad.

- Andrea | 7/6/13 7:00 PM

Rabbits or deer?

- Edmond | 7/6/13 11:33 AM

As Bill Cosby once stated, "it reflects on your parents".

- Steve Bradford | 7/6/13 10:46 AM

I can't imagine why someone, who wants flowers that badly, can't spend the few dollars to buy them.

- Mark | 7/6/13 10:40 AM

This is beginning to sound like the premise for one of those kids detective novels.

- Andrew Mades | 7/6/13 10:11 AM

The flower thieves will sure be surprised when those delayed action neutron pellets you embedded in the roots go off!

- tpartynitwit | 7/6/13 9:37 AM

Too bad people are finding if it's on Town Property that it must be theirs...obviously they never had any upbringing. Bobby it's unfortunate...but let me take a moment to thank you for all you do for this town!

- Denise | 7/6/13 8:09 AM

On my walk Friday morning I saw two street signs taken down > one on a lawn the other moved down the street. Nothing is safe any more. Warren

- Warren | 7/6/13 7:20 AM

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