Yesterday evening was a vivid example of just how many in the world think only of themselves. When I built our home, I did not wire in doorbells. Rather, I installed a "doorbox" at each exterior door that are part of the phone system. The issue with the doorbox is many people don't realize what it is, so they just knock on the door. The problem with that is, I quite often do not hear the knock, depending on which part of the home I'm in. (Hindsight being 20-20, I should have paralleled a doorbell button across the doorbox call button.)
So as a workaround to this issue on Halloween, I just place the treats on the porch with a sign indicating the limits of a visit. We, typically, do not have all that many trick or treaters call upon us, so I like to reward them for their efforts. For many years, I purchase a box each of full size, Snickers, Milky Way, and Butterfinger candy bars and set them out on the porch with a case of Grape Crush, a case of Orange Crush, and a case of Barq's Root Beer in 12 oz cans. I hang a sign on a carton indicating a limit of four candy bars and three cans of pop.
Last night, some of our grandchildren were visiting. They decided to claim their treats when they departed, rather than when they arrived. We hadn't had any trick or treaters up to their arrival. While we were visiting, someone came and took everything....even the cartons and the limit sign. That was 36 cans of pop and over 100 full size candy bars. So we had nothing to give our grandchildren nor the other trick or treaters that followed.
Well, I probably will never do this again. It is sad that someone's gluttony and selfishness has ruined it or others.