The Best Way to Respond to a Halloween Pumpkin Thief? This

Rightly put, Mom

As a Seinfeld episode once astutely noted, “People … They’re the worst.”

Exhibit A: Some pumpkin-poaching thief in Washington, D.C., who stole a 2-year-old’s orange gourd right off his family’s front porch.

In the best retaliation ever, Becky Reina posted a sign in her front yard giving the bandit a piece of her mind. "To the person who stole my son's pumpkin: Thank you for the life lesson, this will help teach him that sometimes people are mean for no reason and you have to just brush it off. Because my son is 2-years-old and cannot read this sign, I will add: You are an ***hole."

Pause for applause.

Dcist contributor Eric Fidler snapped a photo of the sign, which caught the attention of D.C. TV station WJLA. Reina tells the station her family carved four pumpkins, one for each family member (she also has a baby daughter).

"Pumpkins get smashed, pumpkins get stolen, of course," she tells WJLA. "I was really just mad because it was only his pumpkin [they stole]."

Neighbors reported a number of smashed pumpkins nearby, Reina adds, and her son, Tommy’s, jack-o-lantern was likely part of the mess.

“I do hope they see the sign, and I hope they feel bad about it," she tells the station.

So do we. And to the pumpkin thief: No candy for you!

Lesley Kennedy writes for Follow ShopAtHome on Twitter @shopathome and Lesley on Google +.

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