Thieves

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Sean, 1978-

“‘My son stole this candy bar, I want to pay for it, and he is going to apologize to you right now. Go ahead!’”

You see, I hate thieves, I have total disdain for them. I was about six years old, and it was winter in upstate NY. I was my mom’s favorite to go grocery shopping with. We went down to a store called Food Circus, and were shopping around. My mom has a rule, ‘Don’t ask for anything until I’m done shopping, just help me out.’ Well, I was looking around and didn’t have money for anything, so I stole a candy bar, put it in my pocket.

A few hours later, we were back home, my mom comes to me, ‘Sean, what’s this?!’ ‘Ah. . . it’s a candy bar wrapper,’ I tell her, ‘You bought it for me.’ {He laughs.} ‘No, I didn’t buy this, I don’t buy you candy bars! Put your clothes back on, we’re going back to Food Circus!’ I got my clothes on, straight back to Food Circus. My mom the manager of the store, she goes up to him and says, ‘My son stole this candy bar, I want to pay for it, and he is going to apologize to you right now. Go ahead!’ The manager looks at me and says, ‘Why? Why did you steal from me? I have a family, too. Your mom is an excellent woman, you can’t grow up to be like that.’

Man, I started crying so bad, I didn’t even remember the ass-whipping I got, that was the worst part of it. So, I don’t steal, fuck that. I don’t like it because it is taking from someone else. On every turn, people go into stores, Walmart, Walgreens or somewhere else, they steal and think, ‘we’re stealing from a corporation.’ No you are not, you are stealing from the people who work for it. The cooperate gets their money back, but they fire people to make even more money. So, why? Do you really need things that badly?! I mean food is one thing, but things, objects? Whatever, man! Did you know that the average American has 400,000 different things inside their house?!


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My Cousin Kevin

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Sean, 1978-

“I am a porch kid. There are corner kids and porch kids. For instance, you are a porch kid. Porch kids stay on the porch, and they go in when the street lights come on. A corner kids hangs out in the corner.”

Important someone in my life? Pretty much everyone. I’m detached, detached from everyone. I haven’t seen my relatives in 12 years. But growing up, it was my cousin Kevin. I didn’t have a father after five years old. Once I turned 13, I met my cousin, and once I turned 15 or 16, I stopped hanging out with other fellas, they were getting into too much trouble. I am a porch kid. There are corner kids and porch kids. For instance, you are a porch kid. Porch kids stay on the porch, and they go in when the street lights come on. A corner kids hangs out in the corner.

Well, my cousin Kevin, he gave me a good refuge. When I would get into arguments with my mom, I would go to my cousin Kevin. He liked video games, and is a professional boxer, won a couple of titles. Later on in my life, he taught me how to box, and before, that he actually taught me how to be a man. I didn’t know going into it, I was taught how to be a man, by a man, my cousin.

Some of the best foods I ate wat at my cousin Kevin’s by his wife. And some of the best parties I went to. He loved taking me to little parties he had, that’s how I got to meet Mike Tyson, they knew each other. Tyson is cool, he’s a cancer, like me. Really cool, real touchy-feely, but used to have a bad drinking problem. Once he started drinking, they were, ‘Alright Mike, go home, you gonna cause a fight…. Go home!’ {he laughs} But yes, my cousin Kevin was an important figure in my life.



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