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commentary: Global Shoplifting Spree

Causes & Justifications

Given 21-Nov-09; Sermon #965c; 9 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a Time article "Recession sparks worldwide shoplifting spree" and an incident involving an anti-theft device on a saw blade, asserts that global theft has jumped 5.9% globally, but 8.1% for the United States. In the United States, according to Joshua Banfield, the principal thieves are store managers and middle class thieves, costing Americans 46 billion dollars annually. Because the store manager thieves pass along the 'losses'" (product 'shrinkage') to the customers, it is definitely not a victimless crime.



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