Tradition Tested

Jul 12, 2017

To the Editor:

As a summer resident for the past 45 years, there is a time-honored tradition of leaving flip-flops in the sand at the edge of the beach by the fence. There is a joke that has been passed around, mainly by my father who is now deceased. “If you don’t like your flip-flops, pick another pair.”

This was always a joke. Not anymore!

Two years ago, my very distinctive flip-flops were taken but returned two weeks later. Last week, my $1 Old Navy flip-flops were taken and yet to be returned. Good for Old Navy that their items are so desirable that people steal them.

This raises questions concerning people’s values, morals and ethical beliefs. A pair of flip-flops is not a major loss but does bring to light a feeling of being violated. Does anyone have a conscience? Scruples? Know right from wrong?

Is Long Beach Island changing?

Maureen George

Bethesda, Md., and Peahala Park


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