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Jennifer Danny | You Can Choose the Better Path

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21.09.2021

The topic this week revisits an article that I wrote several years ago. It was my first and last dalliance with stealing. It is a timeless piece because the message is still the same.

When I was 11 years old, my best friend Kate came over wearing blue eye shadow and shocking pink lipstick. I asked her where she got it and she told me that it was really easy to steal makeup at “Two Guys.” For all you non Valley-ites, I’m not talking about the popular pizza place, but an old retail store that used to be on Balboa and Nordhoff, before it was Target and before it was Zody’s. I was 11 and not even allowed to wear makeup, but my allowance was a mere dime a week, which barely bought a candy bar let alone a complete collection of blue eye shadow, mascara, and real grown-up lipstick; so the idea intrigued me.

The next day Kate and I went to Two Guys, wearing our matching Ditto hip hugger jeans and orange baggy sweatshirts, perfect criminal attire. We walked in, my heart was beating so fast, and I thought it would jump out of my shirt. She turned to me and said, “Put the makeup in your underwear.”

Looking back, it was sheer lunacy, but I did it anyway. After about 10 minutes, we were finished.

Picture this, two 11-year-old girls with bulges in their pants in the WRONG places. As we walked out of the store, any sense of wrongdoing was lost in the thrill of having got away with it.

Suddenly, we heard the words “Freeze!” And a woman dressed in a blue security uniform said, “Turn around slowly and come with me.”

I was mortified. She took us to the warehouse, where there were boxes everywhere. I wondered........

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