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The Truth About Shoplifting 

The Secret World of Shoplifting (original title)
Everyone steals. This documentary examines why the number of shoplifters are increasing all the time, and how even innocent deal-hunters contribute to this crime.





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Episode credited cast:
Ann-Marie MacDonald ...
Herself - Hostess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neg Dupree ...
Jorge Requena Ramos ...
Organized Crime Thief (as Jorge Requena ramos)


Every single day in North America, there are more than 600,000 shoplifting incidents. Eighty percent of us have stolen at least once in our lives. One out of every 10 of us shoplifts often. And now, organized crime has discovered that it's a low risk way to turn a handsome profit. The truth is... stealing from stores is a big part of our consumer culture And it's a crime you pay for every time you step up to the cash register. Written by Hope Nicholson

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Find Out Why "The Five Finger Discount" Is On The Rise...







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3 December 2009 (Canada)  »

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Interesting take on the "five-finger discount"
28 October 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Whether it's because of poverty, a need for excitement, or merely "forgetting to pay," nearly all of us steal.

Eighty percent of Americans have shoplifted at least once. And, as this film rather shockingly points out, about 40 percent of all shoplifting is committed by the establishment's employees -- often the managers themselves!

Here is an intriguing look at what many consider to be a petty crime. But shoplifting by both candy-filching amateurs and the organized-crime pros known as "boosters" takes a multi-billion dollar bite out of the economy each year.

This show features thought-provoking commentary from a lawyer who is a recovering shoplifter. I admired his honesty and his efforts to explain the psychological underpinnings of stealing from the rich to give to oneself.

There is also some good input from scholars and detectives who seek to protect businesses from boosters. These pros manage to leave stores with sacks full of over-the-counter Prilosec and Mucinex that wind up at flea markets and on the Internet.

These items can be unsafe or even deadly to use. As one expert points out, diabetic test strips that have been warehoused at the wrong temperature can give an improper reading -- with possibly fatal consequences.

Much of this latter problem could be eliminated if consumers shunned cut-rate merchandise. As this movie points out, if you see OTC items at deeply discounted prices, you can assume they're hot.

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