During my Freshman year of high school, I had a best friend who was partaking in shoplifting on a weekly basis. She didn’t do it for the merchandise, she didn’t do it to look cool, nor did she do it because she didn’t have the money. Instead, she did it for the thrill of doing something wrong.
I could never understand having a thrill of shoplifting. Over and over again, she’d ask me if I’d like to go to Kohls and do it with her. Repeatedly I’d tell her no, explaining the trouble affiliated with shoplifting. I looked up statistics, finding out that in the United States alone, shoplifters steal about $25 million in merchandise from stores each day! That breaks down to an extra $300 each year that you and your family have to pay in higher prices to cover the losses by shoplifting.
Frustrated beyond belief that I was in the long run paying for her “natural highs”, I contacted her mother who ended up framing her daughter. Reason being, she wanted to show her daughter that there were consequences for her actions. Additionally, she forced her daughter to return every item and meet with security personnel.
Luckily, the girl was never prosecuted. Although our friendship ended, I knew that I did the right thing. In the long-run, the girl stopped stealing. Her mother forced her to partake in community service for two years until she turned 18, showing her similar punishment if she were actually prosecuted. Instead of letting her daughter go shopping by herself, her mother allowed her out once a month with friends, searching her purse, car, and friends’ car once her daughter returned home.
Shop lifting is a serious problem. Studies show that one third of teens caught shoplifting say it is difficult to quit. This, however, could be due to a great deal of factors, including the thrill, the desire for expensive items, the need to pay for drugs, and even kleptomania. Kleptomania is a psychological disorder where a person cannot resist the impulse to steal.
About two months ago, I heard back from my ex-friend’s mother. She said her daughter mentioned me a time or two, saying that in someway I saved her from being addicted to shop-lifting.
If your child has gotten in trouble with shoplifting, or you think they are partaking in shoplifting, don’t hesitate to seek help immediately. Show them the consequences affiliated in a firm manner; however, do not get overly emotional. Seek alternative schools such as the New Creations Boarding School where shoplifting will never happen. Prior to talking to your child, understand that there is little to no tolerance for shoplifting. By understanding that simple fact, you should come up with a constructive way to teach your teen about the consequences affiliated.
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