What irritates me is the Meth tweaker who is unemployed, hooked, and could care one whit about my job security as long as they can pilfer $30.00 to get high another day.
Stolen goods typically sell for a fraction of their tagged value. I don't think any addict could maintain a daily habit on $30 of purloined groceries. I can see that you want to condemn both drug use and theft, but please don't strain credulity to get two sinners with one stone.
It is usually hungry people who steal food, while addicts steal items more readily converted to cash.
Tens of millions of Americans are disadvantaged, uninsured, un- or underemployed--while billions in tax cuts (measured by our soaring national debt) flow to the wealthiest few: let's call that theft, and see what's left in the morally proportionate lexical set when we sift down to a loaf of bread.
I feel a tugging at my cynical left eyebrow as I listen to liberal, otherwise morally-relativist folks sound-off about the sanctity of property and the unforgivable sin of theft.
"I've got mine--last one in lock the door, set the alarm, and call the police."
Omni, nobody was shoplifting at Zingerman's becasue they were hungry and poor.
They were wealthy professionals with a problem, or just greedy. Several of them took advantage of the "sure, you can have a shopping bag to carry your groceries in before you've paid for them" policy.
Note that I was replying to Phat, who, as I understand it, works in a community where the shoplifters are quite likely to be hungry and poor.
Your contempt for anecdotal evidence seems to have waned :).
Nonetheless, wealthy professionals who steal are symptomatic of a society with deep conflicts surrounding property, equality and privilege--perhaps, since they are already complicit in stealing a decent living from so many, the pocketing of luxury goods seems only natural.
Or, they were likely addicts trying to take advantage of the "you don't need a reciept to return your item" policy. Before we started requiring reciepts for returns, people would come in on really busy days so nobody would notice them take the $60 bottle of olive oil off the shelf that they would then go up to the register and "return" for cash. Somebody even tried to circumvent the policy by photocopying a reciept.
Yes, both need and want birth invention.
We all deeply resented these people. We worked really hard and here come these people taking advantage of our kindness and trust and bending us over and screwing us. It made us look at all of our customers more suspiciously, and I really hated that.
Yes, the infections of inequality and greed poison all of us.
To make things even worse, Zingerman's does a huge amount of work to feed the hungry and help disadvantaged kids and people in recovery in its community, so much so that its efforts were recently recognized on a national level.