Friday, November 7, 2008

Giving

I went to school today to have lunch with the 16 year old girl I mentor. Akila's lunch is right before the high school lunch and I was a little early. I went in to say hi to Akila, and I saw something interesting as I was walking up behind her. She was pulling a twenty dollar bill out of her pocket and about to give it away.

I pulled her aside and asked her where she got it. She said she found it outside. That is her patent answer for everything she has that she should not have. As I was pushing her on it, a kid from her class came over to me and gave me a twenty that Akila had given her. Then another one did, and told me that Akila had been handing out twenties to a bunch of kids. WHAT???!!!!! You can't imagine what was going through my mind and how furious I was getting. As I was talking to Akila about it, several other kids were bringing twenties to me.

Her teacher came in and I told her what was going on and she pressed Akila about it, as Akila had lied to her before lunch and said she only gave a twenty to one kid. The teacher had told her in the morning that she didn't want Akila to think that she needed to give money to kids to be liked or have friends. Akila just stared all glossy eyed, she gets a very "disconnected" look when being pressed on theft. The teacher and class left, and after several threats from me, Akila finally told me that she got it from by the computer (this is after 3 or 4 lies, like I found it in the toothpaste drawer-ha).

Then I remembered that late last night, I was doing some bookkeeping for the dance studio, and had a cash payment from a family. The money that the kids turned into me was exactly the amount of the cash payment, as I know that I don't have any personal cash in the house. I have been trying to get my friend, Juli who owns the dance studio, to fire me for quite some time. Maybe this will do the trick.

2 comments:

Amy said...

Oh no! Is this her first time stealing or have you caught this before? And what timing you have - if you wouldn't have caught her you would have had to come up with that money! YUCK!!

Amy said...

you ok? Miss reading you!