Frequently Asked Questions about Shoplifting and Theft

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The Rosen Publishing Group, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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According to the National Crime Prevention Council, nearly 24 percent of shoplifters who have been arrested are teenagers between the ages of thirteen and seventeen. Chances are, a young person you know has shoplifted or is considering it. This book addresses all the issues on the subject in an empathizing, supportive tone, while imparting the message that shoplifting is not the answer. Readers learn the short and long-term impact of getting caught, and how shoplifting plays a role in self-esteem and a larger role in our economy. The book's final chapter describes programs that can help people stop shoplifting.
 

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The Big LIE IS THAT UNTIL YOU LEAVE THAT STORE WITH THEIR POSSESSIONS IN YOUR HAND YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING. NO CRIME. BIG BUSINESS HAS THE LEGAL FIELD IN THEIR POCKET. I HAD TWO ITEMS IN MY CART AND NEVER LEFT THE CONFINES OF THE STORE, THEN TURNED AROUND AND WENT TOWARD THE CASH REGISTER TO PAY. THEY SAID I WAS SHOPLIFTING AS I PASSED THE FIRST DOOR. I SIMPLY FORGOT I HAD TWO SMALL ITEMS IN MY CART AND WENT TO PAY. THEY SAID NO. I SAID: I WILL CALL THE POLICE. THE POLICE ARRIVED AND I TOLD THEM I WAS CONFINED TO A SMALL ROOM WHERE THEY ATTEMPTED TO INTERROGATE ME. THEY WANTED MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. SCREW THEM. I AM DISABLED, VET, VIETNAM ERA AND TOLD THEM TO LET ME GO. EVEN THE POLICE ASKED THEM IF I WAS ON MY WAY TO THE CASH REGISTER TO PAY? THEY MEEKLY SAID YES. THE POLICE SHOOK THEIR HEADS, BUT HAD TO ISSUE ME A TICKET TO APPEAR. I HAVE HEART PROBLEMS AND AM SUING THEM FOR 5 MILLION DOLLARS. THAT'S RIGHT. DON'T LET THEM S RED YOU WHEN YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING,,,,,K!!!!!! 

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Liz Sonneborn is a full-time writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of more than 90 books for children and young adults. Her specialities include American history and biography.

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