...In the state of Florida, any felon over the age of 18 with a 3rd degree felony can serve up to 5 years in prison, A 2nd degree, up to 15 years, and a first degree, 30 years. Stealing/Shop-lifting, depending on the circumstances, can mount up to many years in prison. Any type of stealing will always be a crime and will have an effect on your future, and even your city. There are not just a few shoplifters in your area, NASP has recorded millions. Stealing can not only get someone into a lot of trouble, but can cause many problems in the future not just for adults but for adolescence as well. If an adult (someone over the age of 18) is charged with theft such as, grand larceny, or 3rd degree felony (unless expunged by the judge) will permanently affect an application for a job/career, college, ex. And affect your long-term goals. Nobody wants the liability of a possible thief. Stealing will also jeopardize any trust from anyone such as family, friends, teachers, co-workers, businesses, and more. People who steal are known to not be reliable or trustworthy. How many shoplifters are recorded in the U.S.? According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), there are approximately 27 million shoplifters in America alone. This equates to 1 in 11 people. More than 10 million have been caught in the past 5 years. Adolescence make up 25% of the shoplifters, adults; 75%. It usually starts in the teenage...
Shoplifting is a major problem in today life. The temptation of not paying for something, just hiding it away and saving your own money is a large factor for some people. The culprit just thinks he’s getting a product for free and doesn’t know what he’s actually doing to himself and the community. Shoplifting effects everyone, yourself and the everyone in the local neighborhood.
In this essay I’m going to explain some of the circumstances of stealing from local stores, or any store. After I’ve been caught stealing I found out how wrong it is and how it is a disadvantage to everyone. The stores are tying to crack down on shoplifters by making the punishments as strict as possible.
Shoplifting effects the community in a big way. The stores get about three cents per every dollar purchased for an item. So if you figure that they don’t make a whole lot of money out of profit. Every shoplifter that takes a product also is taking the product, which costs money by the store so that is also a set back and puts them more in dept. Some stores might even closed down because of shoplifters making the store go bankrupt.
The stores usually raise there prices and then causes more shoplifting, but the people that don’t shoplift just end up having to pay more for the product or else go somewhere else to shop. If the customer goes to a different store because of the rising prices the store will also lose business therefore could cause them to go out of business if enough customers leave.
From shoplifting I’ve found out what happens to the stores and the people that keep trying to get five finger discount on products. If you do shoplift you feel immense humiliation and distrust from friends and family, and your own conscious is hurt if it isn’t then there is something wrong with your feelings not to feel bad about stealing from stores. Every time you steal from stores they are set back that much money and might even have to fire someone that could be one of your friends.
People in the community lose respect for you. If you do know someone that is in teen court or are friends with someone that is in teen court you will get your discipline from them, believe me I know. It helps out the community service areas if you have to do community service while the culprit is stuck doing numerous hours of work, without any pay, but it doesn’t help you at all.
Shoplifting can also affect you towards the community, because if you have shoplifting on your record it will be difficult to get a job, some don’t want people who break the law working for them. Just shoplifting from that store will prevent you from getting a job there ever or any of that kind if it is a chain.
Just the fact of breaking the law while shoplifting should be bad enough reason not to do it. Even if it does effect your community, and you should care about that. Shoplifting is a crime and has a major consequence compared to what you can get out of it. Even if peer pressure is a factor, or just the fact that you wanted the product and didn’t have the money, stealing is wrong. It’s self righteously wrong and it’s against the law and I’m sorry for what I did.
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