Chocolates and ornaments left on gravestones

I was walking today and I took a short cut through the cemetery and I noticed that someone had left a box of chocolates and a small pink snow globe with a butterfly in it on a child’s gravestone.

It seemed a shame to let the stuff go to waste and be left out to the elements so I took them. The chocolates were in a fully sealed and intact box and and it didn’t look like it had been there for more than a day.

Is it normal for people to leave things other than flowers on gravestones when they just expect it to go to waste?

Is It Normal?
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  • It’s very normal for people to leave gifts for dead loved ones. It’s not normal for you to take them.

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  • It is illogical and pointless really but to steal them is fucking inhuman. It's a way for the parents to grieve over the loss of their child, and so for them to find that someone's just plundered their child's grave would be devastating. Put that shit back! Unless you're some edgy teenager (in maturity if not in years) who thinks being a dickhead makes them some kind of badass, in which case grow up.

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    • Cemeteries have rules, you can't just leave perishable food and other garbage laying around. It's why they have flower holders and flower shops nearby.

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      • Still, she's not the cemetary caretaker or anything, she doesn't have the authority to confiscate people's property for herself. That's theft.

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        • I mean it's just a hunk of meat in the ground rotting. It's only valuable because we put value on it. Ah symbolism such a powerful tool

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          • I know it's ridiculous the way we highly value arbitrary objects because of symbolism, but I don't this is a good example of that. That 'hunk of meat' was your loved one's physical self. It was that 'hunk of meat' that held you during your happiest moments and that comforted you during your darkest ones. Until it fully decomposes, even all those memories still exist inside that dead brain. It's like the only thing that's happened is that the body was switched off.

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            • True but I still beilive a burial is a huge waste of resources that flesh. Those nutrients could be used for something beneficial but instead we plump it full of chemicals and put it in a overly priced box. The very idea is ludicrous. I wana be tossed in the forest and my bf wants to be used to feed a tree. Its bloody brilliant

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    • It’s not inhuman because no one got hurt, it’s not like I snatched them off a kid in the hospital.

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  • Give it a rest, girl. We all get it that telling us about some pathetic incident that supposedly demonstrates your lack of empathy gives you a lady-boner.

    If you felt that picking up a tatty, plastic snow-globe would improve your life, then you're even sadder than I imagined.

    As for the chocs, you performed a public service by saving some fox or wandering dog from an unpleasant death due to chocolate poisoning. Now you'll have to go out and spit on a blind, elderly person in a wheelchair and shout, "I've got Corona!" in order to restore your psycho-cred.

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    • Well the snow globe was kinda cute so yeah, it did improve my life.

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      • Imagine what kind of goodies are buried in the grave if the parents have the money to buy snowglobes to leave out in the rain. Stop being lazy get a shovel and find some real valuables if you wanna be edgy.

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  • Seriously? You stole from a dead person and you question if it's alright? No. No that is not cool. I hope you are trolling. What a sad world we live in when people can't respect the dead.

    And I cannot stress this enough: It is not for you to decide the value of an object at a gravesite.

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  • You are absolutely revolting.

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  • Lmfao why are you so desperate for attention? Your life must be really sad

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  • It is normal, it's a way to grieve. The chocolate was left to be close to the child, it should have been left to decompose naturally. An animal would probably have gotten to it within a week, but it would have been clean karma. Making the conscious decision to take it, well the parents will probably notice it's gone more than it not being there so they'll have that to deal with, and now you're training your brain to make subconscious decisions like grave robbing because you rationalized that a dead child doesn't need or won't miss anything

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    • The parents can just replace it if they really want it to be there, my conscience is clean.

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      • It might take fifty years, but there will come a day when it dawns on you

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        • Yep, 50 years from now I’ll be in the old folks home just crying with remorse over the fact that I took some chocolates and a snow globe from a kiddie grave.

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          • You honestly might.

            Someone once told me I'm already dead, and at the time I thought they were stupid. I think about that day a lot.

            And who knows, maybe that behavior will lead to something worse.

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  • There are certain things one just does not mess with. Someone's grave happens to be one of them.
    That is unless someone is there paying respects.

    I saw on the news the other day about someone had stolen an urn that was situated outdoors at a church. What in the hell would someone want with THAT?

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    • Idk there are some really shitty people out there, it's funny to piss on the graves of bad people.

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      • I do not mess with graves. I do not even have any desire to know where I will be laid to rest. Screw that, can you imagine every time you drive by a graveyard and knowing it awaits your big day?

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  • Someday an angry ghost is gonna get you.

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  • You leave stuff on graves in the UK the council workers just collect them up and put them in the bin.

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  • You did a good thing. When they come back, they'll think that their child took the items. Imagine how terrible they'd feel if they came back and saw that animals had gotten into the chocolate and that the snow globe was broken.

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  • Ooooh, free chocolate. But not even I would steal it off someone's grave. And from a kid, yet. You loon.

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