I volunteer at times for my church, working at activities or cooking at the weekly bingo. It’s quality time, a great diversion from fraud and financial crimes, and allows me a way to give back to my community and support their programs.
Recently I worked an event at our church where I brought personal things from home to help during the event. One of the items was a professional apron, one of the good kinds I’d purchased at a chef supply center. I wear my apron all the time, keeping my clothes clean while also also acting as a wipe rag (for everything). As planned, I wore my apron, and when finished, kept it with my things (separate from the church’s things) to bring home. My high-quality utensils were there as well.
Towards the end of the event other volunteers were a bit more eager than I expected with their cleaning, and my personal things were taken from the table. Once cleaned, they became mixed and ultimately secured away with the church’s things. Doors locked, I’d have to wait to get my things back.
Although I wasn’t able to access my things to bring them home that day, I also knew nothing should happen to them since they were secured at a church, the one place I thought where nothing would happen to my things.
Well… I still don’t understand why I was surprised to find that when I returned to the church for my personal items, they were gone. Why did I think that items of high quality, clearly things the church would likely not spend the funds on, being safeguarded at a church for me, would be any different from being stored anywhere else? Nothing is sacred anymore, and I should have expected my items to have disappeared (and they did).
I am sure someone working at the church soon after our event came across my items, immediately recognized the items did not belong to the church, and also recognized the items were high quality, things they would benefit from having. It is likely someone I know, who I will be working with at some future church event, standing side by side with a church going thief hypocrite, making me wonder each and every time.
Just another sad sign of our declining society.