Saturday, October 9, 2010

SHOP-lifting


 I was at the store the other day...in a cosmetic section..looking for a certain product ..but was kinda of surprised to see many of the testers missing ...I called the lady handling the section..she gave me a new tester...to try the product..
its something which we generally call a shoplifting looking at the missing products...another chronicle disease in the society...in spite of the strict laws and surveillance these people still manage to steal ...
..its gets an obsession to steal ..its not a need or they cannot pay..but the peer pressure is so much sometimes that its followed blindly....
With festive season around the corner ... I see more cops in parking lots or stores or restaurants as economy is not in favor and those who cannot afford look for other ways...
Angie a middle aged lady who had written about her obsessions for stealing which is an example for those who steal...its was not her need BUT a habit..It started when she was a teenager hanging with bunch of friends who always had a reason to steal..and said "the store people overcharge us and we need to get our money back"..they mocked at Angie who did not steal ,,and soon Angie too joined the group...
Angie's parents never bothered where she was getting all the expensive stuff being a student...she manged to sneak every other thing as always carrying an over sized bag ....but was never caught...Angie mentioned ..that she considered herself an expert ..not like other gurls who were amateurs ....she was proud of the fact...
Soon she married Dave..who was impressed by looks and dressing sense....Dave didn't knew about Angie's hidden obsessions....Dave never bothered to ask his wife from where she gets expensive stuff ..as she was working so he assumed its purchased!!..and soon the house was overflowing with every other possible thing in the world...
she thought other people were mad...spending so much money..but didn't know it was a serious offence if she was caught and damaging the society as a whole..she had two kids ..whom she loved so much ..they were teenagers now....she managed every other thing to her kids....the kids had lot of love and respect for their mother.
then,One day...when she went to the store ,she looked around and decided to steal a small lip balm ...
she didn't realize a hidden camera on the roof....which was monitored by store manager ...and few minutes later she was handed over to the cops.....
Angie couldn't believe..she was caught..looking at the product she stole for which she was caught but her past clean record saved her she was arrested by the police.and warned but they wanted to talk to her husband ..before leaving her and this act was in her record now...not knowing what to do she had to call her husband....who came to police station embarrassed by her act ..paid penalty and took her home...the kids were surprised by mom ;s Act and asked her all weird questions,she lost all the respect they had for her ,which made her guilty all the time...Dave didn't talk to Angie for weeks..which was killing....for her....but kept an eye on her activities....
If you are thinking Angie stopped shop lifting with this episode, nope...she was so much obsessed even she if she did not want it...she had to steal for the sake of stealing, ...she had a disease called kleptomania(urge to steal)...
After lot of arguments with Dave and her marriage on Rocks ..Angie agreed to visit the doctor ...she had several sessions in the hospital..and in-between her husband never allowed her to shop alone or bring anything from store...
..She once visited a store alone during her recovery years ..she had an urge to lift so many things like a drug addict who has a craving...but managed to control and move out of the store...
it took her years to come out of this disease which started as fun with friends and became an obsession to end up as crime ...
People shoplift because they see it as a way of getting back at a store they don't like or a company whose values their question. But shoplifting rarely affects the store as much as it affects the people who shop there. Some stores may add the cost of shoplifting into their prices. So the people shopping there are the ones paying extra, not the stores.

What Happens to Shoplifters?
Getting caught shoplifting can be a lot more serious than people may think. Some of the things that can happen to shoplifters are:

1)They may be arrested and paraded through a store in handcuffs.
2)They may face charges for theft.
3)They may be banned from stores or malls.
4)People who have been arrested for shoplifting — especially if it's more than once — may end up with a criminal record. This can make it harder to get a job, get into college, or do the other things they want.

Shoplifting is a crime and has major consequences compared to what you can get out of it.

12 comments:

Uma said...

i didnt knew shop lifting can turn addictive for someone.. its good that her husband got her treated..

dr.antony said...

You can call it a psychiatric problem.Shop lifting is not the same as the compulsive disorder called Kleptomania.Shop lifters usually steal valuable things for the reason of its value,where as kleptomaniacs have an irresistible urge to steal things,not because of the value of the items.It is part of a spectrum of obsessive diseases.Many famous personalities had this problem like Cine actresses and Princess Diana.

kavita said...

Once i witnessed a well to do lady slip two three apples into her shopping bag from a fruit seller's cart .My regular super store doesn't allow teenagers and the college students bring their bag inside the store- the owner told me that they shoplift chocolates,cosmetics and the most lifted item is 'hair-colors'.

Whatever may be the reason,it is a crime. Informative post Harman- good that you chose this topic.
Have a happy Sunday.

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

I cant believe this... I hope I dont get into this sickness.. It would be so embarrassing then to face my family and friends.. No No.. Never and thanks for creating this awareness.. I loved your blog and the way you wrote it.. Good... Shoplifting... eeehhh... Ill not do this....

Bikramjit said...

oh yes its addictive and sometimes kids do it as a dare too..

bad bad but i guess it also depends on the values , family values i mean

I see it a lot ...

Haddock said...

Shop lifting for some is a disease (Kleptomania) and it is usually found among the rich.

A said...

Though it is a disease, self control is the only mechanism to fix it. Self control can be incorporated by fear of tougher punishment and social stigma.

Zeenu said...

life on the edge for those who indulge into these weird kind of habits.I had actually seen people stealing from store, Blog for a social cause to remove evils from the society,people should be aware of repercussions coming inn ,talking about guys who discuss politics all the time in their blogs nothing else,abusing India and people or the new Government cracking jokes on PM Manmohan Singh..or targeting NRIs..with their weird mentality should write something which improves and creates awareness and helps everyone.
thanks
ZEE (NY)

Raveena said...

My friends in the 5th std used to shoplift. It's not because they are bad people, they were just never told it was a big deal. Maybe it's just how we look at the problem that's the issue

The Beautifier said...

Great Post Harman! Its really sad that ppl who are from well to do families are getting this addiction of shop lifting.

Harman said...

@UMA..Shop Lifting is addictive..there are many cases of kleptomania and others as well where lifters or teenagers get it for the sake of having some fun!!

@DR Anthony..Yes..I agree...its is a disorder,but usually shoplifting is done by Teenagers...

@Kavita..thanks dear!..yes..most of the time I see in the cosmetic section....things are missing or testers are gone!!its sad ..it brings down the economy ...with a result creates a depression resulting in the overall slowing down in the businesses or closing down the manufacturing units leading to unemployment...

@Abhilash..thanks...yes its an awareness...and repercussions ..can be serious!

@Bikram..I am sure as a cop you must have come across these people and know how addictive it is!!

@haddock..thanks...rich or poor..its gets to an addiction and embarrassment for family!

@A..yes...Punishments and better surveillance helps to Fix..the problems!!

@ZEE..hey ..whts up gurl.... call me some time!!!

@Raveena...yes..sometimes parents don't check or its not known ...that stealing even a pencil or eraser..is still called a theft!!good habits have to be incorporated when still young...

@The Beautifier!thanks...yes affluent families ..women and men are often seen doin this..evil!

Pythoroshan said...

it is indeed a big problem everywhere.. so many times ppl actually have the money to pay for the items.. they just enjoy the thrill of getting away with not paying...

good post