Today I was standing outside of a Shoppers Drug Mart and observed a young man (about my age) drive up on a bike and go inside the store. About 2 minutes later, this same guy came running out of the store, hopped on his bike and drove away. I could clearly see he was stashing something under his black hoody. As he drove away a store clerk came out yelling swears at this young guy. When this guy was @ the edge of the parking lot, before driving away… he yelled back something crazy, he said:
“I Need Food For My Baby!!”
Now, I have no idea what actually happened. But one thing is clear. There is a challenge her in the inner city. Thinking about the current challenges the Inner City of Winnipeg faces, I was thinking a couple of options could be possible
- the dude didn’t have enough money to feed his baby so he stole it
- the dude didn’t have a baby, but still needed to steal food to feed someone
- the dude is a regular thief, a lazy guy who would rather steal than earn money and purchase food/get it from a food bank
OR _______________ (your suggestion here)
I do not really know what the story is. But I know we as a community better pay attention when food is being stolen….regardless of the reasons why. Is this a food security issue? poverty? criminal? systemic? political?! But what do you think?!