A Time You Learned A Lesson

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My parents always told me that the people you spend your time with have a very big influence on who you are as a person, and that you should always surround yourself with good company. I always kept that in mind and followed their advice, but that all changed when I met a girl named Sarah. She was the one person who I, for some odd reason wanted nothing more then to impress. And when she asked me to go against my morals to do a favor for her, I did. The mistake I made that day has followed me since, and the lesson I learned with follow me forever.
“Just promise me you won’t do anything stupid, you know I don’t really like Sarah,” my Mom insisted as I paused halfway out the door. I ...view middle of the document...

Sarah wore a lot of makeup, so it didn’t surprise me when we ended up searching through the cosmetics. I was looking through the eye shadow pallets when Sarah walked up behind me and slipped something into my purse. I felt her hand brush lightly across the back of my arm, and then a small thud as the object landed in my bag. I swung around and looked at her like she was a mad woman.
“Megan, don’t worry about it, okay? It’s not like anyone is going to see. There is nobody over here, and the cameras won’t catch it. I do this all of the time, I promise you we wont get caught,” she started to convince. My face turned red, I could feel my ears burning. I was scared, but not scared enough to disappoint Sarah. So I reluctantly agreed to help her shoplift. We piled things into our purses. Unboxed hair creams, and perfume, then dumped the contents into our bags. I had never noticed how many cameras were actually in the store until I tried hiding from them. Each time I put something in my purse, my stomach knotted up and my face burned. I knew that this was a very bad idea, but I had already committed.
Finally when Sarah was done, we began making our way to the exit of the store. Sarah threw away the can of Redbull in a trashcan by the checkout, and I noticed one of the workers eyeing her down. I felt like every single person in the store was looking at us. I kept my head down, afraid to be seen. As we neared the security sensors by the doors my heart began to race, I felt like it was about to break through my chest. I gripped my bag near the straps, and we walked through them. Nothing went off, we were free. I felt immediate relief, and instantly let out a large breath that I had been holding in. But then before I knew it, a man approached us. My stomach knotted up again, and I knew at that moment that we had been caught. I felt like my entire world was falling in on itself.
“Girls, I think you know what this is about,” he said. We followed him back into the store. This time I knew everyone was looking at Sarah and me. My legs felt weak, and my eyes became misty. He led us into a room with a...

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