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LETTERS: Responsibility spirited away


Re: A brief foray into petty thievery, June 26.

Peninsula Zoomers columnist April Lewis writes about her quandary regarding the colour and purchase of toilet paper for her rental accommodation in France.

After running out of the toilet paper supplied for her use by the apartment owners, she now had a quandary; should she replace the toilet paper or, in her words, should she buy two more bottles of wine?

In such a quandary, tourists with integrity would naturally purchase and replace the toilet paper. But not Lewis. No, she forayed into petty thievery. At every restaurant and elegant hotel she visited she pilfered toilet paper for her own personal use.

So now, to justify this, she claims the stolen toilet paper was in turn stolen from her by some poor waif who has been dead for 400 years.

But let’s be realistic. No one returned from some bygone day to steal the already-stolen toilet paper. No, Ms. Lewis. The only thief in this article is an affluent Canadian tourist who happens to be the local communications director for CARP. Such a pity.

Ian Routledge, White Rock



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