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Old 01-24-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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I watched a news segment recently that described a recent problem with shoplifting at the local mall. The news made it sound like a signifiant percentage of the population engages in it. I understand many kids do it for the thrill, but many of the recent arrests are of young adults and middle-aged individuals. I even read about in my town how a 71 year woman was arrested for stealing grociers out of the ShopRite in town.

First of all, shoplifting is the stupidest thing to do unless you are desparate. For someone to shoplift for the thrill or if they actually do have the money is blame mindless. If you are caught, I am sure it is very embarassing. Being arrested in public (I do NOT know this from experience) I am sure is not fun. Secondly, you spend a night in a 8 by 8 cell that smells of urine and sounds of drunken losers. Then, the worst part is your record. If you have to go to court again, it will make you look like a questionable character. Also, try finding work with that record. Hence, stealing 20 dollars in shirts or a 50 dollar pair of pants is simply dumb when you look at the consequencies.

However, people still do it. Why? Why do so many women do it? Isn't it true almost as many women get caught as men...unlike every other crime? Third and most importantly...how many people really engage in it, at least occasionally? Is it really that high of a percentage? (I forget the estimate that the news gave). What are the overall stats on race, age and gender? Are the official stats to be believed? Discuss.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:52 PM
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I believe it has increased also considering a few months ago, i heard about Walmart letting go alot of shoplifters since it took too much time to prosecute. It all adds up though. I wonder if people nowdays change the price tags on items before they checkout at the register. That was pretty common years ago where i lived.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:30 PM
 
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------" i heard Walmart letting go alot of shoplifters "--

Not the Walmart Supercenter I go to.
I personally know the guy in ---lost prevention-- and he stated if caught, he fills out the paperwork on everyone they catch and turn the paperwork into the local police.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:07 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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A lot of youngsters do it on a dare.
A lot of older people on fixed incomes do it because they can't afford what they want or feel entitled to.
A lot of personal items/sexual aids are taken because the person is too embarrassed to take the item to a register and pay for it, you might be surprised at how often we find used pregnancy tests in the restrooms where I work.
Some people do it because it makes them feel they are smarter than the average bear and "getting away with it" gives them a rush.
Some people do it so they can bring the merchandise back hoping to get a cash refund.
Sometimes professionals come in and "shop us", usually the merchandise is resold at flea markets, ebay, and the like.
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:45 PM
 
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The items most often shoplifted in the Walmart near me comes out of the------electronics---area.


-------"bring the merchandise back hoping to get a cash refund"----
Yes, and tha is why I can't understand why posters ( on a different thread) want easier and easier return policies instituted.

Shoplifting costs everyone money cuz stores got to factor their shoplifting losses into their prices.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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I shop at WalMart because that’s where the stuff is that I can afford to buy.

If I were going to shoplift, I would go to the stores that sold the stuff that I can’t afford.
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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That's what shoplifters do (Nordstroms, Macys, etc.) - but they often get caught
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