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Photo letter: Shame on White House guests

Place settings with the Obamas’ new state china are set for the Japan State Dinner in the State Dining Room at the White House on April 27. People visiting the White House for events sometimes want to take home a souvenir, while some call that petty theft.
Place settings with the Obamas’ new state china are set for the Japan State Dinner in the State Dining Room at the White House on April 27. People visiting the White House for events sometimes want to take home a souvenir, while some call that petty theft. The Washington Post

Re “White House guests often leave with a little loot” (Page A1, May 9): I was shocked when reading the article on guests who, over the years, have visited the White House and taken souvenirs. Sprinkled throughout the article were the following descriptions: “leave with,” “pilfered,” “known for her taste,” “swipe,” “disappear,” “taken,” “plucked,” “walk off,” “picked through,” “shoved” and “pocketing.” Those descriptions are a fancy way of saying “steal.” Rioters in Baltimore were recently condemned for taking things that didn’t belong to them. But if you take something from the White House that doesn’t belong to you, it’s a “memento.” Shameful.

Michele Rebensdorf,

Elk Grove

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