The Cookie Thief

by Stephen on May 5, 2009 · 88 comments

in Moral Stories

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be. . .grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”

With each cookie she took, he took one too, when only one was left, she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other, she snatched it from him and thought… oooh, brother. This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude, why he didn’t even show any gratitude!

She had never known when she had been so galled, and sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat, then she sought her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair, the others were his, and he tried to share. Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

By Valerie Cox in “A Matter of Perspective”
Submitted by Tom “The Colonel” Parker

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{ 88 comments… read them below or add one }

1 James Rayburn May 27, 2009 at 2:04 am

I’m an engineering and controls guy. I’m learning to have more appreciation for the arts as I get older, and this is certainly a beautiful work of art. This just made my day better than it should already be.

2 Jay August 4, 2009 at 7:10 am

This is an excellent poem…Wonderfully written and I love it so much… :-)

3 Clo..x October 16, 2009 at 11:56 am

Wow lol i think this is such a cool story

4 Ndoumah October 21, 2009 at 5:56 am

Do not let the chain of love end with you. Learn to share joyfully.

5 Arfaoui Abdelhak January 25, 2010 at 8:01 pm

This is the best poem I have ever read about misjudging people. We should not judge people for being bad or worse till we outweigh our judgement. Most of time we have the impression that we are right when wre are totally in the wrong. We should, therefore, not harry up in passing our judgement on people; we should not accuse them because they may be good people.

6 Sathya February 4, 2010 at 10:06 am

Cool story

7 Dodong June 18, 2010 at 9:44 am

Love it…we sometimes misjudge others and fail to examine ourselves’s embarrassing but it’s true..

8 Kanika July 3, 2010 at 9:23 am

This is an awesome story……. I really liked it a lot.

9 Jas July 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Good story

10 Dennis Tan July 20, 2010 at 7:19 am


11 Tas July 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Really good

12 Ishika August 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Very, very good poem. I love it. Hats off.

13 Yean Thoong August 7, 2010 at 7:16 am

Lesson Learnt! XD

14 Angie Lollar November 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Very good poem with a HUGE lesson on misjudging people!!!!

Kudos to the Author!

15 Tyler H. December 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm

That was pleasantly clever and brilliantly written. That tale will give me chuckles for the rest of the day! Oh the irony; well played, well played. X8D

16 Fayaz February 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

first I read it and I have to read it again when I realized that it was a poem. One has to look at it from different perspective. Good ending.

17 Seshu March 16, 2011 at 4:06 am

No words really good story.

18 stallone April 11, 2011 at 4:11 am

Nice one.. i like it.. Sharing is best thing one can do..

19 miley May 24, 2011 at 11:14 am

Nice story! It’s a nice story about sharing and how nice a person can be

20 JONITA June 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Yes, it is really a very good poem.

21 Akhila June 22, 2011 at 1:58 am

Wonderful work. Intelligent writer.

22 Pranav Kapoor June 22, 2011 at 7:02 am

Brilliant, best story. I was finding a story for five hours for my holidays. I wish to meet the author once in my life!

23 isha sudan July 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm


24 Joyce Padilla July 15, 2011 at 6:13 am

It is nice .. great.

25 Nathan Tan July 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

Wow it was very weird for the lady she was eating the guys cookies :)

26 TruColorz August 5, 2011 at 6:43 am


27 Mimi August 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I laughed so hard at the end when she realized she was eating the man cookies. Too funny.

28 Jeya August 23, 2011 at 12:07 am

It’s really a cool story… It taught us to examine ourselves before judging others… !!!

29 Maine August 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Cool :p

30 UMESH September 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Only thing I can say is Owesome story. Really appreciable and a fantastic lesson to learn from the man in the story. Thanx

31 Rajiv.singh September 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Really great story…….. a very good example of the following saying ‘don’t come to a conclusion until you have proper knowledge of the situation’

32 Timbukku September 9, 2011 at 6:25 am

The man must be thinking… what a rude lady thief.

33 Brandon Roberts September 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

That was so funny, she was the thief. Ha, I wonder if she told that story to her family :)

34 Harrison Moore September 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Totally awsome

35 Lorenzo September 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

That was confusing in the end, but she almost went crazy on that gut til the plane.

36 Balu October 8, 2011 at 11:54 pm


37 Padmaja November 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

Very, very good…

38 Shasha January 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

Oh really nice!!! I am so thankful to the poet who write this. I want to meet him :)

39 Shan February 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Lol, what a funny story.

40 Corina February 14, 2012 at 1:55 am

I really loved this poem <3

41 Zainab Fatema February 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I love it! It’s the best story I have ever read!!! Literally!

42 Eds March 9, 2012 at 3:52 am

Yah! so inspiring, you’ll learn something out of it!

43 Ghanishtha April 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

It’s the most irritating truth of our lives.

44 Nana Kwame Frankies April 19, 2012 at 8:36 am

Touching story, patience conquers everything and beside that sharing is caring.

45 Rence May 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Great work… it can really inspire others! :)

46 Rochan Grg May 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm

That’s right! Examine ourselves before judging others.

47 Ankit May 28, 2012 at 4:41 am

It was funny, and heart touching when thought seriously…. I am reading this piece of creation with my sister…we both enjoyed it…it is fabulous..

48 Nidhi May 28, 2012 at 4:44 am

I like this because something of this kind happened to me sometime in the past…

49 Dece June 27, 2012 at 12:43 am

Interesting, all of us should learn from this….

50 DD July 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

So funny… :-D

51 Gagan August 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

Awesome story in moral stories which I liked.

52 Margaret August 8, 2012 at 4:54 am

Very helpful story.

53 Jay August 9, 2012 at 7:02 am

It’s a really nice story… :)

54 Eds August 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Nice story. It’s a kind of story that wakes you up only to realize the wrongs things you have done.

55 Sakshi Jain August 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Nice story

56 Joe August 21, 2012 at 3:51 am

I can use this as my springboard for my next lesson..thanks to the author….

57 Laila August 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

Thanks so much for the story :3 I’ll be using it in my oral test next week.. thank you!!!

58 Shereen September 6, 2012 at 1:41 am

Cool one :-D

59 Larrybirrrd September 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

Pretty cool!!! I just shared to my officemates and then suddenly I realized it was a wonderful poem! Great==)))

60 Sippy September 18, 2012 at 11:19 am

Good. It is quiet cool, enriching. Thanks.

61 Asma September 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

It’s sooooo nice.

62 Dancan Lumumba September 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Mmmmh so nice

63 Leeyu October 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Cool story.. I love it….

64 Mit Shah November 23, 2012 at 3:53 am

This is the very nice story which teaches us that we shoud share our things and not to be rude to anyone. Everyone is not bad and also teaches us not to be absent minded too!!!

65 Charm ♥ December 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

lol ☺☺☺

66 Samji January 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

Nice Story………

67 Queen Arfa February 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

Thanks for the moral stories :-)

68 Ching February 24, 2013 at 11:21 am

Love it!

69 Two Girls May 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

It was fantastic. Me and my friend are doing this as a play.

70 Alyssa May 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm

It’s never too late. But I guess if she’ll go back, apologize and give a bunch of cookies to the man, she might miss her flight. So, just ask a stewardess to give the cookies to the man and her apology…… But I guess she’s nerveous and ashamed. :-(

71 Abdullatheef June 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

Thanks for posting this story…This is something which makes you think at least once before you judge some one.

72 Rkumar June 20, 2013 at 4:06 am

Good one

73 Aryn June 25, 2013 at 8:50 am

It was so cool that I thought maybe I should presented this story for my story telling competition… :D

74 Niro July 29, 2013 at 10:45 pm

One superb story about misjudgment!!!

75 Jaidev Singh Shiledar August 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm

This is one of the best story umm in fact poem I have ever read. In this story we get to know that how a person’s ego makes him or her misjudge people. I really thank the author for writing this story.

76 Kid October 13, 2013 at 12:28 am

Oh… you known.. many things are not the way we usually think…sometimes it helps us to grow!!

77 Kiddy October 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm

It isn’t an ugly story, loved it and will make sure I let my sis read it to.

78 Colorado Paul October 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

The Thief

I was on my way back home after my brother’s funeral. It had snowed hard and the airport had shut down with me in it. The last place I wanted to be, one of the unwashed masses, having slept in my seat overnight.

I got hungry but I didn’t want to move my bags so I ran over to the vending machine and bought a bag of cookies. That was a mistake because I didn’t have change for a $20 and my water bottle was empty.

So I hurried back to my bags to find a woman sitting on the bench next to me. She looked well rested and smartly dressed in her tight fitting skirt and shoes. The straps of her pumps were engulfed by her “cankles”, the skirt rode up her thick and fleshy thigh. She gave me a derisive glance when she saw me looking and went back to reading her Kindle.

The cookies tasted like cardboard so I left them on the end table between the chairs, hoping that the woman might see them and start up a conversation. “Maybe she would watch my bags so I can go to the bathroom and get some water,” I thought. But instead I saw her chubby fingers reach out and grab a cookie without even having to look at the bag. She was on automatic eating pilot, balancing the Kindle, moving to mouth, changing the page, and repeat. I watched in amazement, she looked nearly robotic. Occasionally I would reach for the bag when she did to see if she would take notice – she seemed to be oblivious to me.

I saw the last cookie poke over the side of the bag and grabbed it, I really needed to pee and the thought of gathering up all my things and toting them to the toilet seemed like torture. So I held it up to her as an icebreaker, a token of goodwill. She sneered from behind her crumb laden red lipstick then turned away quickly.

The gate attendant announced that they would begin seating passengers for my flight, FlINALLY! The announcer called for all parents with children and people with disabilities, the elderly, and children traveling alone to begin boarding. The woman maneuvered herself out of her seat and wobbled to the gate pulling a massive tote behind her, quickly inserting herself into the line.

I grabbed my things and headed to bathroom. The mixture of bad food and sleeping sitting up made this visit worse than I had anticipated. I rushed back to the gate fumbling for my ticket only to find out that they had already removed the sky bridge and I couldn’t get on. I tried to explain but there was no sympathy from the staff person. To be placed on another flight I was told to contact the airline office on a different concourse… but the snow had filled all the seats for future flights.

The news stunned me. I gathered up my things and sat in seat looking out the window onto the tarmac. As the plane pulled away the sky turned gray and snow began to fall again. I thought of my brother, how I hadn’t had chance to say goodbye. I thought of the woman and the cookies how I really didn’t care about her eating them, and thinking how desperate and pathetic I must have looked holding that last cookie between us.

I realized that in that moment I needed more than a bathroom break, just some humanity a person to talk to, even just in passing. The din of the airport surrounded me and I had never felt more alone in my life.

79 Sam November 3, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Beautiful story. Love it!

80 Arifa January 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Oooo mummyy hahaha this was really great.

81 Sino January 10, 2014 at 7:36 am

Hahahaha- nice one.

82 Rhea Vanessa M. Reorizo January 24, 2014 at 3:56 am

I was so serious reading and wondering why do the man has the guts to eat the ladies cookies. But I started to laugh when I read the ending. This story is really cool. I love it!!!

83 Shaheena April 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Good one like it so much

84 Cookie monster April 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm

I love cookies

85 joseph August 22, 2014 at 7:02 am

I like it !!!!!! Very nice story :):)

86 Jaidev singh shiledar August 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Which one is the real story? the main one or the one which is written in the comments section? or both. anyways, i liked both of them.

87 Joseph September 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

Very nice…. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

88 Lindsay November 1, 2014 at 1:24 am

@Jaidev: The real story is, I want to believe, the main one. The one here in the comments section is an extremely pessimistic spin on what the man’s point of view might have been. While believable, and definitely well-written, it is a bit too pessimistic for my standards. But to each one’s own.

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