One of the most common types of cases I deal with on a regular basis are shoplifting cases (http://www.miami-criminal-lawyer.net/cases/state-crimes/shoplifting.html
). Although they can sometimes be felonies ($300 or more), most of the time they are charged as misdemeanors. It never ceases to amaze me how many otherwise completely normal people get caught stealing. Invariably, when they come meet with me they have no explanation for why they did it. It's almost never out of necessity or need.
Which brings me to this book.
It's been on my radar for a while, and eventually I'll get around to reading it. I really find the topic quite fascinating. Among other fascinating facts in the book:
- People with an income of $70,000 or more are 30 percent more likely to shoplift than those earning less
-Nearly 10 percent of all U.S citizens have either shoplifted or at least tried.
-A National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) report estimated that store security catches a person shoplifting one in forty-eight times and informs the police of the incident one in fifty times.
-People shoplift as an anodyne against grief or to avenge themselves against uncontrollable forces or as an act of social aggression.