What is the allure that propels certain people, no matter who they are or how much money they're worth, to chance going to jail in exchange for concealing an item from store clerks and walking out the store without making payment? Is it the thrill of the chase, pun fully intended; the high some get from getting over on someone; or just a moment of insanity?
Should there be different penalties for those who steal out of necessity as opposed to those who steal for convenience or pleasure? If you had a child for whom you could not provide through circumstances not of your making, would you be tempted to take some of those five-fingered discounts? If you got caught, would you feel assured your family's needs would be viewed by a jury of your peers as more important than those of the store owners?
Surely, there will always be a justification for pocketing unpaid for merchandise - my family has a need I cannot fulfill due to my circumstances. How do you think you would rule - guilty or not guilty - if such a case came before you while you were serving on jury duty?
While you ponder that, take a look at the list of the top ten most shoplifted items as compiled by ABC News and the National Retail Federation. You will not be surprised by some; shocked by others; and feel some sadness for the remaining group.
Either way, do not allow temptation cause you to pay a far more costly price than that of the original item - the cost of your freedom!