|What would you do if you saw someone shoplifting?|
I have actually had two such experiences and did nothing.
The first was when I was in high school and saw one of my friends shoplifting. I left the store and waited outside. I told my friend what I saw and told her I would not be able to go shopping with her again. I never did. I asked her to return the items and she would not. Still I wondered every time I got a gift from her if she had paid for it or if she had stolen it. I could not bring myself to turn her in.
The second incidence was in a drug store. A small child was screaming for a certain toy. His mother repeatedly told him no. Finally I noticed the child was quiet and looked up to see the mother and son exiting the store. She had him by one hand and he had the other hand behind his back clutching the desired toy. It was my opinion that the mother would discover the toy and return it to the store.
(Shoplifting is an expensive problem that everybody pays the price for. It hurts you in several ways — prices keep going up as store owners try to recover some of their losses. A big department store can spend millions a year on security, but it may lose as much as $2,000 a day to shoplifters.)