Eternal Debates: Is It Ever Acceptable To Steal Toilet Paper?
I am a part-time college student struggling to make ends meet. I wait tables to support myself and qualify for some grants. Otherwise, I would not be able to attend school. I am lucky enough to be able to take food home from work for free at the end of the night on the weekends because the restaurant I work for is a huge buffet. I close on the weekends, and I raid the trash before walking out. I bring my own plastic storage container, even.
A few months ago I was on my way out to the car after a shift and remembered that I was out of toilet paper at home. I walked backed into work with the excuse of having to pee and took a role from our stash under the sinks. I felt a bit guilty, but I barely had made enough money for gas that night. Since then I have taken toilet paper three times. I only take one roll or so, but I know I could be fired if I am caught.
Now my manager is refusing to give me a raise that I was supposed to get at the one-year mark, so I don't feel bad about taking some toilet paper. I talked to my sister about this on the phone, and she said that it's never alright to steal. We started talking about different situations, and the longer we talked, the more we disagreed. She has a rich husband, and I am struggling to get by.
I'm a long-time lurker, so I thought I'd ask all of you about taking toilet paper from public places. Is it ever alright to do so? If so, when?