~ Oscar Wilde on stealing Charles Dickens' pen for 'personal reasons'
~ Charles Dickens on Oscar Wilde stealing his pen
~ Ernest Hemingway on writing about Oscar Wilde's pen stealing activities
A kleptomaniac is someone who enjoys relieving people of items that they may otherwise find of some value or use. A "klepto" as they are affectionately known, believes it is their sworn duty, as agreed to in the Kleptomaniac's Hypocritic Oath, to remove these items from members of the public as a means of easing their burden.
- 1 Historical Figures
- 2 Contemporary People Who Are or May Be Kleptomaniacs
- 3 The Kleptomaniac's Hypocritic Oath
- 4 Types of Kleptomaniacs
- 5 How To Deal With Kleptomaniacs
- 6 Kleptomaniacy As A Disease
- 7 What to do if you believe you have kleptomania
- Robin Hood was the first recorded kleptomaniac in history. He, like his Merry Men possessed no actual social conscience but instead just loved to steal stuff.
~ Robin Hood on Shiny Coins
- Artful Dodger was renowned for relieving the commoner of their burdening possessions and giving Fagin the onerous task of "minding" them.
- Oscar Wilde was known to regularly relieve men of all persuasions from their chastity. He saw this process more as "collecting" young men's innocence rather than it being a punishable crime.
~ Oscar Wilde on Kleptomaniacy
- Gollum is the most obsessive kleptomaniac in history. Most of his kinsmen just think he's weird. Don't try to ask Gollum anything as he will merely reply with "precious".
~ Gollum on Anything
Contemporary People Who Are or May Be Kleptomaniacs
- Randy Jackson will steal your chances of ever having another effective American Idol Judge
- The Joker as part of his bat fuck insanity, will steal random items of little use from Batman.
- Most people who huff kittens
- A large majority of pathological liars
- Cannibals will steal your foot from your leg.
The Kleptomaniac's Hypocritic Oath
I swear by Robin Hood, Little John and Friar Tuck and Much the Miller's Son, and I take to witness all the Merry Men, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath (and anything that I find, even if it is in someone else's pocket at the time).
To consider dear to me as my parents him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and if necessary to take his goods from him; To look upon his children as my own, to teach them this art and to bring bankruptcy upon those that I encounter; to impart to my sons and the sons of the master who taught me and the disciples who have enrolled themselves and have agreed to the rules of the profession, but to these alone the wonders of kleptomaniacy.
I will preserve the purity of my life and my art.
All that may come to my knowledge and possession, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.
If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by no man, in any time; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may they call me noble.
Types of Kleptomaniacs
Pickpockets or as they like to be called, Fingersmiths, are a common form of kleptomaniac. Their hands can always be found in a pocket or two. It is actually more suspicious if their hand is in their own pocket. Especially if they are smiling. Creepy.
The annual Fingersmith Forum takes place in one of four major thieving cities of the world. One of the secrets of the trade is which cities these are. This yearly event is at risk of being cancelled due to the excess of staff needed to handle Lost & Found inquiries. Mostly just Lost inquiries really.
Some people are kleptomaniacs without knowing or wanting to be (why would you not?). The Random Striker breed of klepto may only experience any where from a few bouts if "stealitis" in their lifetime to semi regular occurrences. These episodes are usually triggered by something external like the jingle of keys, the sound of a coin hitting the ground, or a man dressed as a leprechaun whispering in your ear to "steal it, that's what Gandhi would have wanted".
This rare breed attempts to acquire that which is not theirs nor is tangible. Some things attempted to be acquired by these klepto Arts students over time have been the concept of freedom, equality, the cost of electricity, the Matrix and Al Gore. Santa Claus was successfully stolen in 1832, when as everyone knows, the Easter Bunny filled in for that Christmas. Don't worry, he was paid holiday rates.
How To Deal With Kleptomaniacs
All kleptomaniacs have specific weaknesses that you can exploit in order to defend yourself, your pockets and possessions. Here is a list of some methods you can employ:
- Hit Them On The Nose: Will result in a hurt nose. May fight back.
- Steal Something Of Theirs: Klepto will enter into a state of confusion as it attempts to consider the irony and potential paradox that has just taken place. Will proceed to melt into a red liquid form screaming "I'm melting, I'm melting".
- Give Them Something Of Your Own Free Will: Similar result to the previous action, except that instead of melting, the klepto will turn from a life of crime to hard liquor.
- Perform A Citizen's Arrest: You can do that? I thought that was just in... country towns... and movies. The only place where country towns exist.
Kleptomaniacy As A Disease
Some crazy fascist scientists and doctors would have you believe Kleptomaniacy is some sort of disease or disorder. They'd also tell you global warming is real. Haven't you seen The Day After Tomorrow? Everything gets cold. Where's the warming there? In conclusion, kleptomaniacy is not a disease or disorder.
What to do if you believe you have kleptomania
Steal things. Give these things to a charity shop. Steal them back again. Rinse and repeat (do not actually rinse the things unless they say that you should(or if you really want rinse them anyway and stick it to the man))