This is the story about three Halloween thieves that tried lifting my candy last year. They were unsuccessful... & yes, I'm the one that foiled the crime. I had just moved into a new house about 3 weeks prior to Halloween, 2009 so I really didn't know my new neighbors. Well, after that night, they certainly knew me. I was getting ready to take my little man Scooby trick-or-treating, but I first wanted to leave a bowl of candy outside so I had something for the kids who came by while I was gone. I put a big bowl of Nestle Crunches, Kit Kats & Twixes in a bowl & set it on a bar stool & put it on my front porch. I know...good candy, huh! I left a note there saying please take one til I get back back... & oh, Happy Halloween. So off my little man & I went.to gather candy of our own. I remember being instantly nervous thinking...what if some teenagers come by & swipe my whole stash? I guess at that point I was just hoping for the best in humanity. I monitored my house as well as I could as we made our way down the street. So far, everything looked good. I had already had a couple hits on my front porch & everybody seemed to be behaving themselves pretty much. I got no problem if you take a couple pieces of candy...even 3, one of each...I get that, no big deal. I probably would, just don't rob me blind. Well that almost happened. If I would have been 2 houses down from where I was, it would have happened. I would have been robbed blind. These 3 thirteen yr olds come up to my porch & start shoveling the candy into their bags as fast as they can. I see this & take off into a dead sprint, cursing the whole way back to my house. Meanwhile, the neighbors, who's average age is probably 50, are all sitting outside on their front porches passing out candy of their own. By the time I make it home...probably 8 seconds...the perpitrators were almost gone. I caught up to them at my mailbox & confronted all 3 of them. At first, they lie to me saying it wasn't them. Obviously, the evidence is right in front of me in their bags...plus, I saw them do it. I quickly escort the gentlemen back to my porch where I proceed to empty all 3 of their bags back into my bowl. Not only did I get MY candy back, but I got all of their other candy too. The whole time I'm doing this, I'm cussing them out. And the whole time I'm cussing them out, the neighbors are all watching...& more importantly, listening. Ouch! How Embarrassing! These thieves were only 13 by the way. I did scold them pretty hard. Well, not much I can do about it now, the damage has been done. So I guess I have to make this shameful walk back down the street in front of all these neighbors, right. Well I do, & as I begin to hang my head down low, I start hearing light applause...like at a golf tournament or something. I look up & all these people are applauding the fact that I foiled this crime. They're all proud of the way I did it too I couldn't believe it, they had no mercy for those thieves, 13 or not. I went from embarrassed to THE MAN rather quickly. I almost gained this "Cult Status" in my neighborhood as the guy who wouldn't take any sh!+ from anyone, even kids. They must all love Halloween or something! The rest of our night went amazing & I still had a full bowl of candy when I got home courtesy of 3 thirteen yr olds. It was the best Halloween ever!