why do you steal?

Monday January 29, 2007

A very strange thing happens every couple weeks in my apartment stairwell.
I open my door to leave or take the garbage out and it is pitch black.
I call my landlord to tell him the lights are out again…

Last time I called he told me something interesting – he suspects that someone in the apartment building is switched their burnt out lights with the working ones in the fixtures.
I couldn’t believe it.
My landlord always uses the same brand so he knows what they are doing.

Last night when I opened my door to take out the garbage and it was pitch black I had to check.
Yup, a different brand replaced my landlords brand.

I decided I needed to take action.
I got a light bulb of my own and a black sharpie.

I wrote – Why Do You Steal? on the light bulb.


  1. Trisha says:

    That’s awesome! I hope it works. Or maybe they will write a message on the burnt out one that they put back in there.

  2. Meg D. says:

    Seriously…who steals? Do people have no inner-guilt?

  3. paigedewees says:

    you are the only person i know who would think to do such a thing. i love it.

  4. Marissa says:

    that’s hilarious, anne! you have to tell us what the stealer responds with!!

  5. eleanor says:

    oh anne…thanks so much for the comic relief….! and yes, I will see you on Thursday.


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