The Corner

Sock Stuffing

At the age of five or six, I went with my parents to a hardware store, where I proceeded to demand that they buy me some cheap wooden curio. My parents said no. So when they weren’t looking, I stuffed the thing in my sock. Back home, my parents spotted the bulge. I was nabbed–and ashamed. My father drove me back to the hardware store and made me put back what I had taken. It was my one and only personal experience with shoplifting. I learned two important lessons: 1) Don’t shoplift. It’s wrong. 2. If you must shoplift, for goodness sake don’t put the darn thing in your sock!

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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