“I was desperate, I guess,” said Mr. Johnson, 25, who said he had never been arrested before. As the economy has weakened, shoplifting has increased, and retail security experts say the problem has grown worse this holiday season. Shoplifters are taking everything from compact discs and baby formula to gift cards and designer clothing.
Police departments across the country say that shoplifting arrests are 10 percent to 20 percent higher this year than last. The problem is probably even greater than arrest records indicate since shoplifters are often banned from stores rather than arrested.
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With so many Americans out of work and retail stores working with small staffs, this problem has the potential to increase in 2009.
The story says 1 in 11 Americans have shoplifted so what have some you been stealing? I have never shoplifted but who knows what I would do if I was struggling and desperate.