How do you handle a senior who loves to steal utensils from restaurants?

Follow
Share

We have acknowledged this bad behavior, and my father-in-law seems to think it is cute. We have been aware of this, the past year. We cannot seem to get him to stop. Do I have to start treating him like a child, and tell him I will not take him out to eat, if he continues this behavior. I'm not sure how to handle it.

Is this common for the elderly? He definitely has become a compulsive shopper since my mother-in-laws passing two years ago.

This question has been closed for answers. Ask a New Question.
5

Answers

Show:
Does FIL have some dementia?
Helpful Answer (0)
Report

Wow, what a crowd of oldie snatchers. It kind of funny but they can get into trouble no matter their old age for stealing is stealing n especiall in grocery stores. As for restarunts not sure if they will do anything however stealing is stealing. Maybe you can give a spot search before leaving the place like in their purse n etc. Maybe someone else on here will have a better solution too.
Helpful Answer (0)
Report

Well, having a store with cameras, is exactly what I am afraid of. Our Walmart here has been known to prosecute children over a stolen sucker! I came right out and told him the other day, that if he gets arrested, I may have to let him stay there. You can imagine the look I got. It was like I was the nutcase. My mother-in-law used to steal the sugar packets. I have always thought that this was perhaps more innocent, than the tableware. Perhaps I was totally wrong in that thinking.
Helpful Answer (0)
Report

Along with the sugar and jelly packets, we have the issue of bags of candy (namely M&Ms) being opened in the store and her pockets will be full !!!. When confronted, she simply laughs and says "so what are THEY going to do to ME? I'm an old lady"
How do you respond to that one? She is correct, they won't do a thing to her.
Helpful Answer (0)
Report

My parents take the jelly and sugar from restaurants. I have no idea how to get them to stop, but I wanted to let you know you aren't alone.
A cousin works at one of the restaurants where my parents do this. She said they do have cameras watching the the dining room. That made my mother stop and think, but I'm sure they will keep on doing it.
Helpful Answer (0)
Report

This question has been closed for answers. Ask a New Question.
Related
Questions