Don’T Steal. This Principle Of Human Behavior Has Been

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Don’t steal. This principle of human behavior has been widely held for centuries. The principle prominently appears in the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament’s Book of Exodus. Chapter 20 addresses the followers of God and proclaims, “You shall not steal” directly following “You shall not murder” and “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20.13-15). Thou shall not steal is not only prominent in the Bible and the Christian religion, but it is widely maintained in cultures around the world, specifically the United States, as a standard of honesty. Throughout the US, federal, state, and local laws prohibit stealing or the act of theft, and techniques such as security personnel and cameras have been employed to thwart stealing minor items…show more content…
The answer in the majority of situations, is yes. Statistically, 10 million people have been caught shoplifting in the past five years. However, the rate of being caught is only 1 in 48 shoplifts, and caught shoplifters are only turned over to the police 50 percent of the time (NASP). This rate is not high, but 10 million peoples’ lives have been affected. Overall the risk of getting caught is there, but not exorbitant for the non-habitual shoplifter. Other costs beyond those posed to the agent shoplifter include criminal justice procedures and the costs of the stolen good to the vendor. The criminal justice costs are countered by fines assessed to those taken in by police. However, the costs imposed to a store are not countered, and amount to $13 billion in goods per year, or $35 million per day (NASP). Although that cost is not small, it is inflated by the 3 percent of shoplifters who are considered professionals and contribute to 10 percent of the $13 billion. Professional shoplifting is surely immoral, so we will discount the number by such. Thus, the cost of solo shoplifters is roughly $11.7 billion (NASP). This cost is clearly large and amounts to the majority of the costs of shoplifting outside of the risk to the shoplifters themselves. The sole benefit of shoplifting is obviously the gain of whatever good is shoplifted, which is a median value of $37.50 (NASP). The good could range from something the shoplifter
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