Shoplifting is a major problem in today life. The temptation of not paying for something, just hiding it away and saving your own money is a large factor for some people. The culprit just thinks he’s getting a product for free and doesn’t know what he’s actually doing to himself and the community. Shoplifting effects everyone, yourself and the everyone in the local neighborhood.
In this essay I’m going to explain some of the circumstances of stealing from local stores, or any store. After I’ve been caught stealing I found out how wrong it is and how it is a disadvantage to everyone. The stores are tying to crack down on shoplifters by making the punishments as strict as possible.
Shoplifting effects the community in a big way. The stores get about three cents per every dollar purchased for an item. So if you figure that they don’t make a whole lot of money out of profit. Every shoplifter that takes a product also is taking the product, which costs money by the store so that is also a set back and puts them more in dept. Some stores might even closed down because of shoplifters making the store go bankrupt.
The stores usually raise there prices and then causes more shoplifting, but the people that don’t shoplift just end up having to pay more for the product or else go somewhere else to shop. If the customer goes to a different store because of the rising prices the store will also lose business therefore could cause them to go out of business if enough customers leave.
From shoplifting I’ve found out what happens to the stores and the people that keep trying to get five finger discount on products. If you do shoplift you feel immense humiliation and distrust from friends and family, and your own conscious is hurt if it isn’t then there is something wrong with your feelings not to feel bad about stealing from stores. Every time you steal from stores they are set back that much money and might even have to fire someone that could be one of your friends.
People in the community lose respect for you. If you do know someone that is in teen court or are friends with someone that is in teen court you will get your discipline from them, believe me I know. It helps out the community service areas if you have to do community service while the culprit is stuck doing numerous hours of work, without any pay, but it doesn’t help you at all.
Shoplifting can also affect you towards the community, because if you have shoplifting on your record it will be difficult to get a job, some don’t want people who break the law working for them. Just shoplifting from that store will prevent you from getting a job there ever or any of that kind if it is a chain.
Just the fact of breaking the law while shoplifting should be bad enough reason not to do it. Even if it does effect your community, and you should care about that. Shoplifting is a crime and has a major consequence compared to what you can get out of it. Even if peer pressure is a factor, or just the fact that you wanted the product and didn’t have the money, stealing is wrong. It’s self righteously wrong and it’s against the law and I’m sorry for what I did.
Filed Under: Social Issues
Shoplifting, the theft of retail products by customers, is the second leading cause of inventory loss for retailers behind employee theft. Shoplifting by customers has a number of direct and indirect effects on a business. Minimizing the effects of theft is an important factor in retail safety, store design and customer service.
The most direct financial effect of shoplifting is that it eats away at your revenue and profits. Each item lost to a shoplifter cost money for your store to buy, but you get no revenue from it. Your cost of goods goes up, and high amounts of shoplifting severely affects your profit margins, or ability to turn revenue into profits.
Often subsequent to the hit your business takes on profits is a price increase on products and services you offer customers. This is your only alternative to address the loss of inventory other than taking a financial hit yourself. For small businesses, the need to raise prices because of regular shoplifting issues is problematic given disadvantages that already exist against larger companies with more buying power.
Tighter Security Measures
When shrinkage rates are low, everything is rosy in a typical business. When shoplifting is a chronic problem, you have to implement tighter security measures and amplify customer service training. Heightened security measures can serve as a deterrent to ideal customers who may feel a level of guilt by association. Convenience stores near schools, for instance, sometimes turn to limiting the number of school kids who can enter at one time and having a policy that requires customers to leave their bags at the door.
Shoplifting also has indirect influence on employee morale and the work culture. Employees may feel a sense of paranoia if they constantly hear the store has a shoplifting issue. The negative measures taken to deter shoplifting can impede employee instincts toward a positive and welcoming attitude with customers. Employees also may become overly suspicious of customers and get overzealous in their efforts to protect the store's inventory.
About the Author
Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.
- Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images
Suggest an Article Correction