Monday, March 28, 2011
L is for Larceny
Might I just say thank goodness for that little Latin phrase, mens rea. Thank goodness it’s an element in most crimes, including property crimes. Thank goodness that a 16-month-old lacks capacity to adequately form the intent necessary to constitute mens rea. And thank goodness that intent does not transfer, so when daddy discovers his son's act, daddy can delicately tiptoe back into REI, and return the pair of size XXL ladies bloomers his son lifted without parental knowledge. Finally, thank goodness that REI does not believe that mens rea applies to the lifting of undergarments (yup, this is pair here on your right - straight from the website)… that they don't put security devices on their waterproof women's underoos, so that our family did not get the extra special surprise of discovering that our son is a shoplifter while the rest of the store's occupants stared on (that discovery occurred in the parking lot, just the three of us). Thank goodness.