I was driving along this afternoon when I saw, sitting on a corner, two large gas cans. Looking at the house they were sitting near, and the fact that it was raining, my guess is that a lawn crew had been mowing but when the rain hit they loaded up their gear and moved on… leaving the gas cans behind.
But then the suspicious side of me wondered… “What if this is an observation exercise? What if someone left those two gas cans sitting there and are sitting nearby to see if someone, due to the current $4 a gallon gas, will try and steal the cans.” Kind of like those exercises when someone leaves a wallet on the street to see if someone will try and find the owner (or something like that.)
Of course later, the more diabolical side of my thinking kicked in….
“What if someone filled the cans with gas and water. Enough gas so that the contents smelled of gas, but enough water to mess up the car engine of the person who stole the gas.” A thought-out, of sorts, pre-emptive revenge towards thieves.
But then the question could to be asked: “What would be the greater evil… a thief or the person who, knowingly, figured out a way to cause greater damage to a thief?”
But then what if the thief (who did not know about the gas water mixture) sold the gas to someone else and the tainted fuel ruined the car engine of an otherwise innocent person?
Perhaps I have too much free time to think on my hands.