See, that's exactly what I was saying.
You're making this about teaching the kid that doesn't need the lesson.
I think the granddaughter has figured out on her own that people can suck. No need to teach that.
The person who needs a life lesson is the one who is learning stealing is ok, and is apt to go on to bigger and better things, ending up like her mother, or worse.
What better lesson than to see what happens to adults who steal? They get caught, the victim isn't afraid to back down or be bullied into saying "this isn't a big deal, not worth my time or the negativity of it all", and that you end up making restitution to the person you stole from.
Of course one can argue this just being stubborn. I'll probably hear in the next few posts all about that.
It's teaching the person who is learning to do the wrong thing that there are consequences, but that they can also do the right thing.
What's the use?
Well, it would be great for starters if a few kids, or people figure out not to steal from others.