Sanction

Habitat for Humanity’s Reuse Store stole $61 from a Hamilton resident not too long ago.

The manager insists that as a Charitable Organization, it is not theft.

I am left to ponder if she means that as a Charitable Organization, no matter what they do, it is still a good deed.

The manager assures me that as a Not-For-Profit Organization, rules of accounting oblige them to write-off their debts at the end of each month, the debts they owe to others which are more than 60 days old.

Wouldn’t that be nice…

While I am a big fan of Habitat for Humanity and the work they do to put people into houses, even here in downtown Hamilton, the Reuse Store is essentially an international pawn shop with a much more clever business model since the merchandise is donated and the staff are volunteers. As a pawn shop, their inventory is totally random, so a sixty day limit on anything is absurd as they have no guarantees of what will be in stock.

According to my friend Wikipedia, Sanction means to grant permission. By shopping there we have been sanctioning this objectionable corporate behaviour: the nullifying of store credits after sixty days, aka: stealing.

Used in the popular term Economic Sanction, it means exactly the opposite, to not give permission. Sociologist describe economic sanctions as a form of social control;

Societal mechanisms that regulate individual and group behavior, leading to conformity and compliance to the rules of a given society, state, or social group.

So I am asking you, my friends and readers, for an Economic Sanction against Habitat for Humanity’s Reuse Store. Stop shopping there until they stop stealing.

Let them change their bookkeeping practices that they seem to think are the law, let them tell us about it, and then lets all get on with our good deeds and charitable activities.

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