Shoplifting teens are a dime a dozen. Still, the phenomenon of shoplifting among teens is so common you have to wonder: do teens understand the consequences of their actions when they slip a much-coveted tube of lip-gloss or smartphone off a shelf and into their pockets? The embarrassment and shame caused by being caught, is enough to stop their stealing for good.
Teens steal more often than you might think. And the punishment is far harsher and longer-lasting than you can imagine. Experts break down what to do if you catch your child shoplifting—plus how to prevent it from happening again.
If you look up the definition of shoplifting, you will find different variations in wording. Some reference larceny, some concealment, and others talk about intent. The crime of shoplifting generally falls under the legal classification of larceny and can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the dollar amount stolen.
Shoplifting is the unnoticed theft of goods from an open retail establishment. Shoplifting typically involves a person concealing a store item on their person, in pockets or under clothes or in a bag, baby stroller, etc. With clothing, shoplifters may put on items from the store and leave the store wearing the clothes. The terms "shoplifting" and "shoplifter" are not usually defined in law.
In high school, Jill Barnes used to go to Kmart every day after school with a couple of her friends and browse the aisles. And size mattered. And it would kill you to have to pay for anything.
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Thousands of middle-class children are caught shoplifting every year. Caroline King's daughter was one. I was enjoying a rare moment of relaxation when my phone rang.
The holidays may be over but the retail bonanza will continue through the end of the year, along with high rates of shoplifting attempts. Shoplifting defies a lot of criminal norms, including the fact that there is no standard profile for a shoplifter. Here are some surprising facts about those who commit the crime, according to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention :. Shoplifting affects more than the offender.
No matter what name is used, shoplifting is a crime. Teen shoplifting is a rising problem nationwide. Whatever reasons a teen may shoplift varies but must be addressed in a timely manner.
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Shoplifters steal from all sorts of stores—from big retailers to thrift shops. There isn't a certain profile of a shoplifter—they are from all age groups, many work and they often pay for an item while stealing another.