Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Serendipity Sundays - Stop, Think, Consider the Consequences

Serendipity Sundays - Stop, Think, Consider the Consequences

Serendipity Sundays - You Are Being Tracked


There are some people that think nothing of taking salt and pepper shakers from a restaurant or towels from a hotel room. They think since they are a customer, they are entitled to take whatever isn't nailed down.

This is a true story. At a local barbecue restaurant, these cute pig paper towel holders are on the tables. The tables are on a covered deck and food is purchased at the window and then you go take a seat at one of the picnic tables to eat and enjoy.

GPS pig

One customer decided these were so cute she wanted to take one home with her. When the owner of the restaurant discovered it was missing, he knew he could get his pig back. You see he had a young techie install GPS tracking inside of each pig just for an occasion like this.

So the police was called and when the policeman arrived he told the owner that his pig was gone for good. Then the owner showed the blip on his phone that was tracking the location of his paper towel holder. The policeman became a believer and told the owner to get in the police car.

The tracking system gave them turn by turn directions and led them to a house in a residential area. They went to the door and a sweet young woman answered asking what it was she could help them with. The policemen said they were there to recover the paper towel pig that had been removed from the restaurant a short time ago.

The woman denied knowing anything about it and insisted they had the wrong address. Then she was shown the tracker and knew she was caught. Her husband appeared and said he told her not to take it then quick retrieved it from the back of the house.

Even though it was recovered, that wasn't going to solve the whole problem because the woman was put under arrest. She was taken to jail. 

When her court date came up she pleads her case to the judge that this would cause her to lose her job when her employer found out. The judge reassured that her employer would know and that she also had an $800 fine and 30 days community service to serve. 

Lesson learned: Somebody or something is always watching. When something is so cute you have to have it, ask the owner where you can buy one like it and certainly don't take it without asking. It's stealing and that is against the law.

Serendipity Sundays - Stop, Think, Consider the Consequences

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These are thoughts of Clarksville TN Realtor Debbie Reynolds. Contact Debbie Reynolds, Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent. 


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Comment balloon 34 commentsDebbie Reynolds • November 26 2017 06:58AM


Good morning, Debbie Reynolds WOW.... I can't imagine the consequences that woman had to face and deal with.... all for a pig!! unbelievable.... it's stealing... there are repercussions and she'll never forget it.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 1 year ago

Hi Debbie Reynolds - What a great story to spread for those who might consider the 5 finger discount. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 1 year ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds,

Wow this is quite a story and one to think about! The consequences were pretty great on this one...all for a pig!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 1 year ago

Thank you very much for sharing this story. This is a good reminder for those who are tempted to steal.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 year ago

Good morning Debbie. The lady is a great example of a valuable lesson learned! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 1 year ago

 Smart restaurant owner...not so smart customer !  LOVE the pig 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 1 year ago

Debbie I just saw Barbara Todaro's re-blog if this blog, and my response was:

  • Stealing is wrong.
  • Stealing gets you in trouble.
  • Don't lie about stealing.
  • The price for stealing is FAR more expensive than what you steal!!!

OH in by the way stealing sunglasses in China is a VERY bad idea.


Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 1 year ago

What a story, Debbie! Of course, I'm from the school of thought that we should be doing the right thing even when no one is watching! And if you do, you don't need to worry about the fact that someone is watching.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) about 1 year ago

It's sad to think that we have to track paper towel holders. Or that one would think they can just steal something. I'm sure she could have afforded to purchase her own.

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management) about 1 year ago

Poverty of spirit is the driving principal. 

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 1 year ago

I love that she was punished for her act.  I have been to people's homes and they bragged about taking a salt and pepper shakers or a glass from a restaurant.  I have always thought less of them for their act.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 1 year ago

Wow, Debbie!

I know that some hotels have similar problems of robes leaving the premises, and they do charge those who take them.  Whenever, I liked something, I asked to buy it, and most often than not, I was given that item...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 1 year ago

The advancements in technology are astonishing at times.  I would have never thought to put a tracking device in that pig.  But, it certainly ought to act as a deterrant, knowing such technology is out there.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 year ago

Debbie Reynolds - Congratulations on a different type of blog post that touches on the subject of truth and consequences. For what it cost the liar and thief, it could have bought a lot of pig paper towel holders for gifts and paper towels to last a very long time. Now, everybody knows. I'm sure it was in the Police blotter and local paper, and worse, her employer knows too! I applaud the husband for admitting to her to her face what a fool she was in front of the Police and the restaurant owner. I believe the recovery of self-respect will take a much longer time for her than the recovery of that pig with the GPS tracking device. She was such a fool and deserved to get caught. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 1 year ago

Hi Debbie - people should think about that.  I wonder what would be done to retrieve it around here.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 year ago

I love this story - and admire that restaurant owner.

When I was in college I had a roommate who was from a very "religious" family. But... her mom would write and tell her which things to bring from the dorm when she came home for the week-end: toilet paper, cereal bowls, and drinking glasses were the norm.

Pretty disgusting.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 1 year ago

good thinking... and problem solving skills by restaurant owner!

Posted by Steve Penner, REALTOR / Owner of Moneyledgers (Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software) about 1 year ago


 I feel bad for the lady, but she should not have done it. I like the ingenuity of the restaurant owners and you are correct these days someone is always watching.

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert about 1 year ago

She should asked where they bought it instead of stealing. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 1 year ago

Good evening Debbie. I love this story and point well made.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 1 year ago


To think before we act is good advise.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 1 year ago


Congratulations on a well deserved feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 1 year ago

Hi Debbie

That's a great story. Bet the thief was totally freaked to have been discovered.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 1 year ago

Well, she learned a lesson the hard way. The lady should have listened to her husband. I had a friend that would always take the sugar packets from the table. I couldn't believe it. I asked why don't you just buy them at the grocery store. Her comment was, I can get them here free.  Some people... 

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) about 1 year ago

Debbie Reynolds Interesting story.  She should have asked where she could buy one, instead of just taking it.  

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 1 year ago

So true. We're all being watched at one point. I think it's best to always be honorable!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) about 1 year ago

Oh my goodness, how tacky of this woman. Argh. I just can't imagine even thinking about taking something that isn't mine. Karma alone would be enough of a deterrent. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 1 year ago

Some people have to learn things the hard way.  Amazon has the pig towel holders for sale for about $33.  That was certainly a very expensive lesson.

Posted by Marie-Denise Kratsios (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) about 1 year ago

The woman's attraction to the pig turned out to be a very costly affair.

Thanks for sharing how one business was prepared for such an occasion.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) about 1 year ago

My wife once really liked the salt and pepper shakers in a restaurant that we visited on our vacation.   I asked the manager if I could buy a set, but he said not at this time but did take my name and address.  A few weeks later there was a package with two sets of the shakers along with a thank you for visiting and all for no charge.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 1 year ago

Love it !! What a smart thing for the owner to do to keep track of his pigs. Amazing how so many people have an entitlement mentality that includes every aspect of their lives and see nothing wrong with it. Make you wonder how people can sleep at night....

Posted by Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA, Providing the integrity and service you deserve. (Future Home Realty) about 1 year ago

I know a few people who can rationalize some things like this. The moral is don't be piggy with pigs!

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 1 year ago

That little piggy towel holder certainly is irrisistable, but I would never consider stealing it! I can't imagine.

What a great just never know! Smart of the establishment to track their pigs!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 1 year ago

Selling them in a corner of the restaurant could increase their popularity and sales....who knew GPS would be necessary !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 10 months ago