Is taking milk crates from behind the grocery store consider stealing? My girlfriend thinks it is, over the weekend I grab some milk crates from behind the grocery store to use for the house. I don’t consider this stealing; all they are going to do is trash them or reuse them for later. I think my girlfriend was more upset because I had our daughter with me in the car when I was taking the milk crates. My daughter was scared and kept telling me that I was going to go to jail for stealing, and I told her that it was not stealing that I was just going to use them. This is way they leave them outside so people can use them if they need them. When we got home my daughter told her mom and she said what was I thinking. My girlfriend said, that I shouldn’t be doing that in front of my daughter and that I was setting a bad example for her. Also, to that I need to be more responsible and stop doing stuff like that.