I searched for something I had bought, but realized I hadn’t gotten home with it. Because the item was too large to bag, I must have left it beside the checkout stand.  Reluctantly, I called the store and they were kind and told me to return to Customer Service and they would help me. I went.

As I waited in line, one woman stood out. Not only because she wore a bright top, but she spoke in a voice that arrested everyone’s attention. She commented, “Only in—” she named the store and indicated a shirtless man walking down the aisle.

She turned to me and said, “Don’t you just love this store?” I agreed, and refocused on the clerk helping me.

Then she suddenly left the counter. When I asked, “What is going on?” A lady replied, “The Police are arresting someone for shoplifting I guess, and she is videoing it.”

Soon she returned, delighted that she had caught the moment, recorded it, and posted it.

I naivley asked, “Don’t you have to have her permission?”

“No,” she replied, “I could even video you right now.”

I turned to the clerk and said, “What ever happened to privacy?”

About that time, the Police escorted their prisoner out, and the lady turned, clicked a picture and announced, “The walk of shame!” I cringed!

Ladies, where has compassion gone?

Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Were the person’s actions wrong? I assume so, or the police would not have been called. But I doubt is it necessary to gloat over the situation.

Lord, help me to be kind to others as You were, and commanded us to be.