My niece just got caught shoplifting a few weeks ago and the family was surprised that she received jail (juvie) time. Two days. We were thinking she’d most likely get community service or counseling because it was her first offense and she’s only fifteen.
I don’t really think it’s a deserving sentence but perhaps it might keep her from doing it again. I do not know…I’d think she needs counseling but then again I have thought she needed it for a while now. This is her first time getting caught, but I know she has always had some sort of cold, detached personality and seems to have poor impulse control. She has stolen before and got caught by a family member. The punishment for that offense was a grounding/heavy talking to, and I think she wasn’t allowed to go to the mall alone for quite some time after that incident.
Anyway, I was discussing her sentence with my friend and she made a comment about how it’s normal for teens to shoplift and that she and a friend used to go from “store to store” picking up what they could, and never got caught. To me, this does not seem normal, but then again I stole once in my life as a child, on a dare, and it still haunts me even though I never got caught. I was brought up with the idea that stealing is wrong and you just don’t do it. I was no angel and engaged in plenty other illegal activities (drinking under age, smoking weed, etc.) but stealing…no way.
So is it a normal, common thing for teens to shoplift/steal what they think they can get away with? Did any of you do it? If so, how old were you, and just out of curiosity how old are you now? Did you ever get caught?