podbaydoor wrote:Because my university requires that all freshmen spend the first year in the dorms on campus. In order to live in the dorms, you are required to purchase a meal plan. You can imagine my relief when I moved off campus and my bill went down by several thousand dollars. In addition, the dining halls are relatively few and scattered around campus. There are plenty of university-run outlets and food courts in the most heavily-trafficked areas of campus, but those are not covered in the meal plan; you are welcome to spend even more of your money at these convenient locations!
Also, I've read the housing contract and the university student conduct book; there's nothing in there that says food can't be taken from the dining halls. For some reason it's still forbidden.
My university required us to purchase a bunch of absurdly expensive textbooks. In addition, the university bookstores were relatively few and scattered around campus. Luckily, there's nothing in the university student conduct book saying that books can't be taken from the stores without paying. So I guess that wouldn't be stealing then?
If you think it's OK to steal in these situations, so be it. People have different ideas about right and wrong, and those are yours. I just don't see the point of coming up with elaborate, flimsy rationalizations and pretending that it isn't stealing.