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Has a character flaw ever kept you from being a criminal?

Asked by 6rant6 (13672points) January 27th, 2011

I was at the mall today, and the cashier was a pretty girl with a wonderful smile. As I walked away, I thought to myself, “Under other circumstances, I could very easily be her stalker.” But then I answered myself, “No way. You’re not that industrious.”

Got me to thinking… has a character flaw ever kept my fellow Jellfolk from becoming criminals?

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Vunessuh's avatar

I believe my anxiety has kept me from possibly having a drug habit.
I’d like to think it’s because I’m better than that, and now I believe I am. But back in the day, who knows.

AmWiser's avatar

Morals and honesty.

woodcutter's avatar

nope , I’ve done so many unlawful things it ain’t funny.

lillycoyote's avatar

Generally what has kept me from being a criminal is 1) for the most part I’m an honest and ethical person, 2) I have a tremendous fear of going to jail and 3) like you, I’m just too lazy to pursue criminal activities. The first item works a lot of the time, but if there’s a chance of that one failing me, I have numbers 2 & 3 to back me up. It’s a trio of characteristics that has kept me on the straight and narrow my entire life.

faye's avatar

Being a scaredy-cat. I’d be so afraid of getting caught, I’d be sick.

Vunessuh's avatar

I don’t think honesty is a character flaw.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Ethics and chickenness!

etignotasanimum's avatar

Anxiety and the ability to be read easily. I’m also very much into honesty, so a criminal lifestyle wouldn’t work for me. However, there have been several times where I’ve heard about people getting caught for stupid things and I think of how I would’ve done whatever the crime was and gotten away with it, if I wanted to and was dumb enough to actually follow through with the urge to commit a crime.

6rant6's avatar

I see all your points, but I don’t think any of these are character flaws:
Ethics
Honesty
Anxiety

Nor is lack of physical strength, or lack of opportunity.

Chickenness… that’s close. If we say “cowardice” it’s clearly a winner. If we say, “fear of consequences”, then it’s proof that punishment is a good idea.

Brian1946's avatar

I hate the fuzz, man so the less crime i commit the less chance I’ll have to deal with the f**n pigs, man! ~

Berserker's avatar

I don’t think I have any real flaws that keep me from being a murderer or some kinda thief, but rather like, not wanting to hurt people, or go to jail lol.

john65pennington's avatar

Cops have buckets and buckets of character flaws, in this situation. Had it not been for my character flaw, I would be spending 100s of thousands of dollars, from drug dealers, down in Jamaica.

I would also be spending that million dollars i guarded by myself, over the Christmas weekend, years ago.

Thank God I have character flaws.

phaedryx's avatar

Hmm, if I weren’t moral and honest, I wonder if I’d still be too lazy to go to all of the work it would take to pull off a decent crime and cover it up.

augustlan's avatar

Exactly what @phaedryx said. I’m way too ethical to even seriously contemplate committing a crime, but if I weren’t, laziness would be my downfall anyway.

Supacase's avatar

Never thought about it before, but shyness would deter me. If it didn’t, laziness would crush any remaining thoughts.

captainsmooth's avatar

Being honest and ethical aren’t character flaws. Lazy is a little different, and I got that one too.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I have no patience. A good criminal needs it.

6rant6's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Depends upon the crime, no? Seems like you’re ripe for a crime of passion.

6rant6's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Well, yeah. I don’t think you need patience to start a bar fight.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@6rant6 Yeah, I’d never be that kind of criminal.

6rant6's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Well let’s see what other crime of impetuousness are there? Copping a feel? Driving under the influence? Going to fast? Failure to yield?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@6rant6 Yeah, I suppose I’ve committed many ‘crimes’ before that I don’t consider to be such.

KhiaKarma's avatar

Obsessive guilt. The payoff has never been worth it. Oh well

Cruiser's avatar

Yes…I like good food, walks in the woods and women.

Tumi's avatar

I’m a lazy, disorganised chicken. I’d be nabbed in a flash. And I like luxury so I can’t do jail.

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