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Today shoplifting is one of the most common forms of theft in the United States. Shoplifting is now the number one cause for smaller stores to fail in today's market. The small stores are also the ones the usually carry the smaller items which are the easiest to receive the "five fingered discount" on. The reason shoplifting has become so big is because the thieves some how justify their actions and they also don't consider themselves thieves. The most common shoplifters are children and the senior citizens. It is the housewives and the college students that some how justify their stealing and don't consider themselves thieves.

I think that shoplifting is totally wrong, and those who do shoplift are thieves. I can not understand how shoplifters can not consider themselves thieves. If they are not thieves then who are thieves, the people who want something. If a person absolutely needs something like food to live and they steel it, they are thieves.

The difference is the person who needed the food stole it to survive, and all people have a right to life. I think shoplifters try to justify it by saying they need it, but in reality it is only an item they want or that would make their life better. The other downside to shoplifting, besides being immoral, is that is usually raises the prices on the item we buy weekly. For example if Joe walks into Jewel and walks off with a bottle of pop, and he does this more that once, the price of a bottle of pop ill rise because of one immoral person. This is sometimes the over looked portion of shoplifting. People will complain on the prices of many products going up, but then they will somehow shoplift. Lets say that...