If you don’t like these hypotheticals, why are you reading this?
Today’s story is about Iris, a twentysomething single mother working at a call lcenter. Iris commutes by bus, something that’s been a problem recently because of a fellow rider, Eddie, who works at a McDonald’s in the same complex as she doesk. A few weeks ago Eddie starting trying to chat her up at the bus stop. The first time it happened, Iris told him she was flattered but concentrating on work right now. The next time met he sat beside her on the bus even though there were plenty of empty seats; he asked her why she didn’t want to go out with him, and she told him it was none of his business. The third time he said that she must be a a dyke and should let him cure her, and that was the nicest thing he said to her from that point on. He seemed determined to make her cry; she succeeded only in not weeping in front of him. One day he got handsy enough to make her drop her cell phone, breaking it; and though it was only a $10 flip, that was a sawbuck she could ill afford. Another time he made her late for work, earning her a chewing out from her asshole boss.
Monday, riding the bus home, Iris was half asleep when a loud, familiar voice roused her. It was Eddie, sitting in a seat across from and a little in front of her, talking animatedly on his cell phone; luckily Iris had a seatmate already, so he’d been unable to harass her per usual. Keepng a wary eye on him, Iris noticed that he had a wad of cash sticking out of one jacket pocket. So absorbed was he in his phone call lthat he didn’t notice when Iris’s seatmate got off. More importantly, he didn’t notice when some of his cash fell out. It was late, and they were the last two passengers. Still talking on his phone when they arrived at his stop, Eddie left the fallen money on the seat. When they got to Iris’s stop a few minutes later, she paused when long enough to pocket the fallen bills – over two hundred dollars. She saw him the next morning and said nothing about it. That afternoon she spent the money on a nicer phone, diapers, some gloves, and groceries.
Would you call Iris a thief? Why or why not?