12:38 AM CDT on Sunday, September 26, 2004. By TRACEY EATON / The Dallas Morning News
HAVANA – Hiding rocks in frozen chickens may seem like a silly pastime. But for some folks, it's serious business – a way to tip government weight scales and purloin poultry for dinner.
Welcome to Cuba, where ripping off the socialist government is a gentle, sophisticated art.
It's risky, too. Those who steal can lose their jobs or go to jail. Despite that, employee theft is widespread, anecdotal evidence suggests.
A hypothetical: If 470,000 people – 10 percent of the Cuban labor force – stole $1 in merchandise from the government every week, that would amount to $24.4 million per year
"Almost everyone steals something, anything, to survive," a former cafeteria worker said. "But we don't call it stealing or robbing. Those words are too strong."
Cubans use a kinder term, resolver, meaning to resolve. So if a man makes off with a chicken, he can proudly tell his wife, "I resolved a chicken." ...