Have you watched ABCs What Would You Do? We don't usually watch that because if we're watching TV on Tuesday nights, we'll be watching NCIS. But I have seen some of the previews.
The show is a hidden camera show with a twist. Always there is the question and reminder, "What would you do?" Back when the gas prices were so high, they planted actors at gas stations, begging for a few gallons of gas. Some people seemed to feel guilty that they couldn't help. Some were quite rude. And some were generous.
Tonight, the episode is called, "A Child Is Shoplifting, Do You Speak Up?" It's not merely about a child shoplifting, but about the parent encouraging the child to shoplift. It should be an interesting show.
The show idea made me wonder about my Gather friends. What do you do when you see someone shoplifting?
I remember the first time I ever saw someone shoplifting. I was about eleven years old and was doing a bit of Christmas shopping. My mother was in another department in the store, so that I could buy something for her. I'm sure she was not far away, though, because I was quite shy and not comfortable being out and about on my own.
I watched as a woman about my mother's age took advantage of the crowds around the sale tables and boldly put some stockings in her purse. I couldn't believe what I saw and promptly found a sales clerk and told her. I've always been outraged at people who steal, seeming to understand from my earliest years that not only was it wrong, but that it added to the price I had to pay for goods.
When I worked for Sears years ago, as part of our new employee orientation the trainer explained how each dollar Sears received was used. In 1997, a full 12% was attributed to shoplifting - the actual cost of the goods stolen, and the cost of having security cameras and personnel. As a comparison, only 6% was actual profit. Most small businesses could not survive if they received only 6% profit on every dollar taken in.
The show tonight and the article posted on ABC's web site, the economy has caused an increase in shoplifting thefts. The article states, "According to the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), every day more than $35 million worth of goods are stolen from stores."
So now I'm curious. What do you do when you see someone shoplifting?