Apr. 23rd, 2017

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Often times, I'm called into the Asset Protection office to sit in as a witness, usually until the police arrive or while the officer is coming and going while running information on the people that the detectives apprehend.

Usually, it's uncooperative or straight-up indifferent shoplifters who have multiple charges on their record, who more or less view being caught as an inconvenience or even a waste of their time. But the other night, I had to sit in on an apprehension that... actually upset me a little bit.

It was a young couple, college-aged and in the country to go to school at the college next to my workplace. They'd made an attempt to steal $80 worth of merchandise, and were caught as they left the store. It was their first shoplifting attempt; it was obviously their first shoplifting attempt, because the girl was straight up sobbing and shaking, and both of them were begging and pleading with the detective to give them a chance to make it right, that they could pay for the merchandise and they would gladly do it. And I kinda felt bad for them, yenno? They were terrified that they were going to be sent back to India, and, while I highly doubt that the judge will deport them based on one shoplifting charge, when it's their first offense, they were so afraid that this one mistake would ruin their livelihood and I just... I felt for them, you know?

This experience had an extreme impact on them, and I don't believe that they'll ever make an attempt to shoplift again, and I hope everything turns out okay for them.

But let this be a message for you all. If you have the means to pay for your merchandise, just pay for it. I understand if you've fallen on hard times and have to steal food to feed your family, but that's not what this situation entailed. If you just want the merchandise, but don't want to pay for it, just don't do it. It's not worth it.

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