• @SphereofWreckening
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    202 months ago

    Don’t really care about some corporations losing out on their margins after nickel and diming everyone as high as they possibly can. Especially if the end result is someone or multiple people eating.

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      2 months ago

      Here they’ve had shittier protections against shoplifting, no bags to shops and whatnot because junkies kept stealing expensive meats and cheese to sell. It sucks. Here they’re even given money to live on, housing, free food and whatnot. Hasn’t stopped it.

      • @SphereofWreckening
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        42 months ago

        junkies

        What a disgusting dehumanizing term. Drug addiction is a much greater issue that needs more than reactionary remarks and actions to solve. A good number are literally that desperate for money because they’ll literally die from withdrawals without whatever it is they’re addicted to. And so long as they’re being non-violent then I empathize with their struggle.

        Again, I don’t at all care about some large corporate store getting stolen from. Actions like banning bags and whatnot mean little in the face of human suffering.

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          Narkomaani -> narkkari, narkkari -> junkie. For me it’s a shorthand rather than an attempt to make them feel bad about it.

          A good number are literally that desperate for money because they’ll literally die from withdrawals without whatever it is they’re addicted to

          We have fairly extensive benefits programs (money, housing, programs for addiction, mental health, many sorts) but the thing about drug addiction is that it drains all the money you have. That’s why so often addicts are also stealing stuff to get more money for drugs. Sucks for them but also sucks for others who get their shit stolen. Especially bikes get stolen a lot by junkies. And sucks that because of the stealing some stores are having harder time justifying the expenses, which can lead to shops closing. I don’t think it’s ever been the sole reason here but it has been one of the reasons.

          Again, I don’t at all care about some large corporate store getting stolen from. Actions like banning bags and whatnot mean little in the face of human suffering.

          It sucks as a shopper that things are worsening because of stealing. And it’s a co-op I was thinking of so it’s not really that sort of faceless corporation. I just voted in the co-op elections, actually.

          It would be easier to empathize if they were stealing to eat instead of getting more money for drugs. Or if we had the US style system where benefits and social programs barely exist. But that’s not the case.

          • @SphereofWreckening
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            32 months ago

            If people are stealing for drugs then it means that the system in place isn’t meeting their current needs. The problem for a lot of addicts is that they either steal and cheat for drugs or die. Withdrawals literally have the capability to kill addicts. I don’t believe in any circumstance we should be holding money ahead of human lives.

            It’s a shame when people are stolen from, but it’s a tragedy when people die. And a system that doesn’t allow an avenue for actual recovery is a failed system.

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              If people are stealing for drugs then it means that the system in place isn’t meeting their current needs.

              I don’t know what I’d honestly add on top of what we now have in Finland. Housing, money, food programs, clean needles, addiction programs, programs to manage your life, all sort of stuff. What would you change or add?

              The problem for a lot of addicts is that they either steal and cheat for drugs or die. Withdrawals literally have the capability to kill addicts.

              We have free replacement drugs available to addicts. So you could get that for your withdrawals without having to steal. But many steal instead. Not sure how I’d change the system to get them to pick the replacement drugs instead of stealing.

              And a system that doesn’t allow an avenue for actual recovery is a failed system.

              What about the system in Finland doesn’t allow for actual recovery?

              • @SphereofWreckening
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                22 months ago

                Drugs in general are still illegal to possess and use under Finnish law. You need to decriminalize drug use before you can actually tackle it since it’s a health/psychology issue when it comes to the individual.

                It’s hard to seek out proper help when you’re worried that you’ll be arrested/fined just for being an addict.

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                  I don’t think decriminalization has stopped the problem either, with stealing happening in places where it has been decriminalized. Like mentioned, it’s not a life or death situation here. The reason for stealing is not having enough money for drugs and unless those are given for free, I really don’t see a situation where there wouldn’t be an issue with addicts stealing to make money for drugs. We can only try to alleviate the issue, but at the point where there’s ample other opportunities for them, it’s much easier not to tolerate stealing.

                  Maybe if this was the US I’d have more sympathy. From what I’ve heard it’s a real dog eat dog world there. But here it’s not really the same.

                  It’s hard to seek out proper help when you’re worried that you’ll be arrested/fined just for being an addict.

                  Not sure how high of a bar there is in Finland for seeking help. It’s not really something you as an addict you have to seek out either, since it’s constantly promoted by social services and people working directly with the addicts and in the addict communities. So people know there is help and it’s pretty low bar and approachable. And the police really aren’t after the addicts like in many other places. Police treat them either as social cases or as a nuisance than criminals and don’t really go after them. Social stigma might be a higher barrier or cultural stuff about asking or accepting help.

                  And of course you can’t really force people to get help. I know it might be shocking to some but a lot of social workers and even ex addicts consider prison a good thing for addicts because that’s the place where finally they’ve gone into recovery programs and such. But you can’t of course just jail all addicts and push them into the programs either.

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                    Except it literally is life or death in the case of withdrawal. Those who are addicted things like like heroin, or even have a severe enough addiction to alcohol can die once they’re in a certain part of the withdrawal process.

                    And just because prison was the rock bottom that some addicts needed to reform doesn’t mean it’s the best option. Honestly prison is one of the worst possible options because it leads to a positive feedback loop of criminality. Addicts are automatically labeled as criminals on arrest and then have to fight against that stigma for the rest of their life. So of course they’d do things like turn back to crime, because their options are automatically limited on arrest.

                    I won’t sit here and act like I have all of the solutions. I don’t have all of the solutions and I’m just some guy. But so long as addiction is seen as a criminal offense we will fail addicts every single time. We need the large scale social programs Finland has currently along with a strong re-evaluation of how to handle drug related crimes.

    • @EnderMB@lemmy.world
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      -32 months ago

      This isn’t Robin Hood. These are two guys that clearly wanted to steal food at a peak time to sell it elsewhere. The same number of people are eating, possibly less so because these guys are probably flogging their stolen shit in a pub somewhere and will likely dump what they can’t sell.

      This place is so weird sometimes. I don’t know if it’s a Lemmy or American thing, but this kind of stuff is pretty common in the UK…

      • @SphereofWreckening
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        42 months ago

        Grocery stores dump hundred of pound of still edible food into the garbage each and every day. And no one is eating less because of thefts from the grocery store. The main reason people are starving right now is because their grocery bill spiked and extra $100-200 for absolutely no reason other than pure greed that they were able to blame on “inflation”.

        Your problem isn’t with the addicts, its with the system that is ever antagonistic towards its people. Addicts can be hard people to deal with, but they’re still people. Now obviously if they’re acting violently there’s no excuse for action like that. But if they’re just taking food why should I care?