While many may consider shoplifting to be a minor crime, individuals charged with the crime should take the situation seriously. This is because the consequences for a conviction can be harsh and impact your life for years to come. This is particularly true if you are a young person just starting out in life.
It's a frightening thing to get a call from the police. "Your daughter Eve has been charged with shoplifting."
Police protect us, and they are indispensable to our communities. But it is also possible to get on their bad side - incarcerated or even dead. The American Civil Liberties Union has posted a website advising young people on the do's and don'ts of dealing with law enforcement.
Wal-mart's recent introduction of self-checkout services has resulted in more theft charges for customers. Self-checkout allows customers to scan merchandise themselves and pay for the merchandise without the assistance of a store clerk. The benefit of this system is that the store can have more check-out stations open for customers without paying cashiers to staff the registers. More check-out stations means less wait-time in check-out lines for customers. Self-checkout saves Wal-mart staff expenses.