Every once in a while it’s nice to talk about theft offenders who have reformed and tried to make a difference in our world. On that note, before the year ended in December, a former shoplifter in the Cincinnati area sent a check for $1,000 along with a letter to the president of Kmart. The letter apologized for shoplifting items over 30 years ago from a Sharonville Kmart and the check was in restitution for this offense. In response to these good intentions, Kmart decided to pay it forward and use the money to help some customers pay off their bills for items they had on layaway at this location.
The start of a new year is always a good time to erase the slate of prior mistakes and begin with a fresh start. If you reflect on this past year and realize that shoplifting has become more of a habit than a one-time thrill, it’s a great time to enroll yourself in an online theft class for self-improvement purposes. Honestly, it’s inevitable that you will eventually get caught and a first offense is no walk in the park. In fact, getting caught for shoplifting will completely disrupt your life. First you will be apprehended and held until police arrive. The police will take you in for some jail time while they process paperwork. Family members or friends will have to get involved to come pick you up. Shoplifting laws vary widely state to state but if you are caught for stealing something in the $200 - $500 range, you will most likely be charged with petty theft or a misdemeanor. Anything over $500 is usually considered grand theft, or a felony. You will then have to pay lawyers fees, pay additional fines based on the jurisdiction, complete community service work and complete a theft education program.
If you’ve already been indicted for shoplifting and are looking for high quality theft diversion classes to fulfill your court mandate, www.theftclassonline.com is the place to start. These 4,8, 10 and 16 hour classes as provided by the AJ Novick Group, Inc., are designed for people of all ages and do not require sophisticated computer skills. Our clients agree that taking the course from any Internet based computer is highly desirable, as you don’t have to drive across town or to another city to make a predetermined classroom schedule. Online classes enable the student to login and out as many times as they need to in order to complete the course and at any time of the day or night. They are ideal for truck drivers, teachers, and all professionals who travel a lot because you simply log on to the course from any location within the 50 states. High profile clients also appreciate that the class can be taken with complete privacy and anonymity. The only people who need to know you are enrolled in the program are your attorney and judge.
The goal of our online theft classes is to use a cognitive behavioral approach to improve decision-making and behavior. Students are taught how to understand impulse control disorders and various preventative skills to carry with them throughout life. It’s never too late to learn empathy and emotional intelligence skills. It took 30 years, but the Kmart anonymous donor must have successfully accomplished this behavioral milestone.