Thursday, June 15, 2017

Is it ever right to shop-lift?

I think I spotted a shoplifter the other day.

I was 99% convinced but I didn't say anything. If I'd seen him outside afterwards I think I would have said something to him - but I'm not sure what exactly. Probably would have been more use if I'd bought him something to eat.

Should I have pointed him out to a member of staff? 

The trouble is that I know so many people who have shoplifted in their time simply to survive. And the way society is going there could be more and more struggling. Which doesn't make shoplifting right but understandable.

6 comments:

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

The only time I was sure I'd seen someone shoplifting , it was a poorly dressed man in his late thirties stealing a 2 or 3 kilo bag of potatoes . And no , I didn't report him , but someone else did and he was led away by the police , despite several customers offering to pay for them .

S. J. Qualls said...

Shop-lifting - in a grocery store? No. Anywhere else, yes, I would blow the whistle.

Liz Hinds said...

That's the difficulty: being arrested won't solve the problem. And when it's for food ...

peppylady (Dora) said...

Hello from Idaho and found your blog by the way of Cherrie...I had an sitution that I was accuse of steeling from anther store and taking it anther store to get money, which was 50 miles from the truth. I wasn't only one this happen to and now the place is close.
Actual not many steels because of need, usual there under lying reason for it...There plent of program out there willing to help those in need.
If you fine the time stop in for a cup of coffee

nick said...

Very understandable. If you have no food and no money, how are you supposed to survive except by stealing food?

Shirley Davis said...

You turned a blind eye with an open mind and kind heart. Whosoever did wrong, it wasn't your job to (wo)man the CCTV.