Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shoplifting Takes Away from Friendship

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shoplifting Takes Away from Friendship

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DEAR CAT:

My good friend is a shoplifter. Not with big things such as clothes, but little things she can swipe off a counter: rings, lipstick, candy, etc. She says she's short of money and the stores won't notice. I don't approve and won't shop with her anymore, but she'll even steal silverware from a restaurant! She has been an incredible friend to me, but I am morally opposed to stealing. What's your "call"?

-- POTENTIAL RAT

DEAR RAT:

It's not the size of the thing you steal, it's the theft itself. She knows it, she just tries to justify her behavior by crying poor- mouth. Take a hike the next time she uses the ol' five-finger discount. How would you feel if she stole from your own store? Or maybe your mother's shop? Or how about from your house? (Have you checked your jewelry box lately?)

Your "moral opposition" doesn't protect honest shop owners, or the rest of us, from paying extra in the marketplace. Your "friend" is a thief, plain and simple. …

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