The discount chain Action recently made the news because of a filling shift manager has been fired for the 'theft' of a plastic bag with a sales value of three cents. As is customary in the so-called Dutch “constitutional state”, the Dutch court will grant this Kafkaesque requirement. Attention was mainly focused on the disproportionality of the measure. How justified is it to fire someone for three cents? This ignores a more interesting question. Because what is the legal entity behind the Action chain in the Netherlands, Action Nederland BV, exactly? And is wealth transfer to the detriment of this entity theft?
Legal entities, hedge funds and loans
Action Nederland BV is a so-called private limited company. This is one type legal person. Legal personality means that the legal person, as a fictitious entity, is legally liable. This means that the owners of Action Nederland BV are not jointly and severally liable for Action's actions. A legal person fulfills the role of God in a theocracy. It is a fantasy entity created in the 1800s in the United States by a corrupt member of the Supreme Court to please his former employer.
Action is not in the hands of a human owner, but of another legal entity, the English hedge fund 3i.
The owners of 3i made a fairytale profit with the purchase of Action. With borrowed money, these gentlemen (women are hardly represented among the owners of big capital) bought Action for 500 million euros. Meanwhile, the group is already worth 10 billion euros and the owners have saddled Action with expensive loans, with which they have raised more than two billion euros tax-free. This is in contrast to the shops that form a sole proprietorship, a simple bv or a general partnership: they pay tax properly. What about the owners of 3i? They are part of one opaque web of around 1,200 major financial institutions who have criss-cross shares of each other. It has become an inextricable tangle, a parasitic usury that is devastating and destroying the planet and humanity in favor of a small group of owners (the famous 1%).
Within the Action there is a draconian discipline.
To make a long story short: Action is now a ruthless profit machine that is draining the Dutch economy, destroying the Dutch (and increasingly European) middle class and whose proceeds end up with the parasites in the London City.
Who do you 'steal' from, if you 'steal' from the Action?
The Action and similar legal entities are just such fantasy structures as angels, gods and gnomes. When you steal from a small business owner, you steal the bread from the mouth of a flesh and blood person, a hard-working man or woman, who pays tidy taxes and has to worry every day whether he / she will personally go bankrupt. In short, ethically this is almost always immoral and pernicious. By 'stealing' from the Action, you are actually transferring assets from this inextricable tangle of harmful parasites to someone who does pay tax properly: you. Under Dutch law it is illegal to call for a crime, and just as in Pakistan insulting the legendary figure Mohammed will cost you your life, it is punishable in the Netherlands to call for 'illegal' transfer of assets from this tax-evading parasites to you. I won't do that either. I can think of someone who does that, a hero. For the record. In my opinion, anyone who 'steals' from Action and similar fantasy constructions is not a thief, but a hero. A modern Robin Hood that I admire.