Shoplifting is wrong! There, I said it! Now on to my topic!
I was in the grocery store the other day, and as I was walking from the dairy to the bakery, I passed by the meat section. As I go past the poultry section, I look down at the chicken breast, and there are white patches on the outside of the packaging. Those electronic theft sensors! First time I had ever seen those in a grocery store, it caught me off guard.
So it got me thinking. (Scary huh?)
About a year ago, I was on the bus and there in front of me was 2 pages from a book called "The Little Shoplifters Handbook". A fine piece of Anarchist propaganda. This book explained that it is our duty to shoplift. Here is the reasoning it gave:
The store says shoplifting costs everyone. The basic premise is, you steal from us, we have to raise our prices to make up for it. That is a lie. When they price something, they say, "What is the most amout of money we can make from this item?" and they charge that, the absolute most. So shoplifting is basically saying, that is too much and I'm not going to pay it. The pages then went on to explain why shoplifting is morally correct (basically questioning what morals are in the first place).
Shoplifting is wrong.
So, as to my thoughts. Back in the day, when you knew your butcher by name, new his kids, his wife and heck you invited them over for dinner the other day, did you shoplift from him?
Shoplifting seems like a victimless crime to the shoplifter as you do no know who you are stealing from. In fact, as the book goes on to justify, you're not stealing from anyone, just a corporation who's overcharging for everything anyway.
Has the fact that the thief no longer personally knows the person that is being stolen from, made shoplifting more prevelent in society? The Walmart Effect!
BTW. Shoplifting is wrong. I in no way condone this illegal activity. (Am I covered???)