From the July 2013 magazine.

July 2013: To Catch a Thief

A group shows how they deal with missing money—lovingly

TRADITION SEVEN: Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

Over the past 22 years that I’ve been a member of my home group, there have been several occurrences where money has disappeared—or was stolen, if you prefer. Three or four times the group treasurer, short of funds, had “borrowed” group money to buy cigarettes or coffee or something, with the intention of paying the money back at the end of the week. Over time, the amount owed and the accompanying guilt at not being able to pay the money back created a situation...

-- P.N.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada