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 where the person felt so badly that they had to talk to someone, usually their sponsor or the group responsibility chair. It would then be brought to the attention of some of the group members. Since the treasurer couldn’t pay back the money, it was suggested that the person use their weekly Seventh Tradition contribution to repay the funds. We let them tell us when the money had been repaid. None of them drank.

-- P.N.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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