Maria: What’s going on here? I came as soon as I got your phone call. Why are you holding onto my son like that?
Storeowner: I am restraining your son because I caught him shoplifting. I thought you’d like to be here when I called the police.
店主：我在制服他，他在商店里行窃被我抓住了 。我觉得在报警之前，你应该想要过来私下聊聊 。
Maria: There’s no need for that. He’s not a delinquent.
玛利亚：没有必要报警 。他不是什么不良青年 。
Storeowner: He is from my standpoint. Theft is a serious crime.
店主：在我看来是这样的 。偷窃是一种严重的犯罪 。
Maria: I know it is and I’ll make restitution. Please give him a second chance. Please don’t call the police.
玛利亚：我理解你的立场，我会进行赔偿 。请你给他一次改过立新的机会 。不要报警 。
Storeowner: Well, it’s not the value of what he’s stolen that’s important. It’s the fact that he committed an offense.
Maria: Please let me pay for it and I’ll make sure he never enters your store again. What did he take and how much do I owe you?
Storeowner: I told you that it’s not the cost of the item. It’s the principle.
Maria: What exactly did my son take?
Storeowner: He ate a grape.
Maria: One grape?
Storeowner: Yes, before I stopped him. He could have eaten the entire fruit stand if I hadn’t been vigilant.
店主：没错，我及时制止了他 。好在我足够警惕，不然他就把整个水果摊都吃掉了 。
Maria: All this over one grape?
Storeowner: You should be thanking me for alerting you to this behavior. As a parent, you know you need to nip these things in the bud. Today it’s a grape; tomorrow it’s a car!
店主：你应该感谢我敲响了警钟 。作为家长，应该把孩子的犯罪苗头扼杀在摇篮里 。今天偷吃一颗葡萄；明天偷得可能就是一辆车!
Maria: Okay, how much do I owe you for one grape?
1.as soon as 一...就
例句:He got married as soon as he graduated.
2.fruit stand 水果摊
例句:She stopped at a fruit stand on the side of the street and bought some fruits.
3.pay for 支付
例句:I have had to pay for repairs to the house.
4.committed an offense 犯罪
例句:He was condemned because he committed an offense through negligence.