December 24, 2008 at 09:00 AM EST
Shoplifters of the World Unite
About 20 years ago The Smiths released the great song “Shoplifters of the World Unite.” It’s also the new mantra for this holiday season. Shoplifting arrests across the country are 10% to 20% higher this year than last according to latest reports. A recent New York Times article pointed out that the numbers might be even higher however since shoplifters are often banned from stores rather than arrested. Overall it’s a sad indicator of the recession - but one that predictably highlights how in our shopping-mad culture people would rather steal than suffer a gift-less holiday season.“More people are ...
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