Rachel Shteir: "The Steal"
Nearly one in 10 people have shoplifted. Many consider themselves addicts in the grip of a disease who need treatment and understanding. But society can’t decide whether to treat shoplifting as a guilty secret or a serious felony. Shoplifting is a burden shared by everyone – retailers inflate the prices of products to cover their shoplifting debts. Author Rachel Shteir takes us into the murky world of the five-fingered discount and explores what is behind the compulsion to steal. Do the penalties befit the crime, and why is it still on the rise despite centuries of effort to rein it in?
author of "Striptease" and "Gypsy."