Minneapolis, MN asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota

Q: Theft

I have recently found out that Target may not come after you for one theft but wait until you've taken enough for it to be a felony. If I am concerned about this, what can I do? Obviously, I will no longer take anything from Target, but what else can I do? Stay away from Target and hope and pray they won't come after me? I'm looking for suggestions, ideas and any knowledge you might have about Target

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Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: I've said that one big reason to avoid shoplifting is that a thief can get way with it *most* of the time. And that guarantees that they will eventually get caught, get prosecuted. And this is because getting away with it once increases the likelihood the person will do it again - and so on. So eventually, of course, they get caught; they get prosecuted. It's as inevitable as behavioral psychology. So the only way to prevent that is to avoid doing it at all. However since no one can go back in time to change the past, if a person has shoplifted, it's possible to never do it again in the present and in the future. Since retailers like Target have loss prevention workers using technology, staying out of any Target store for at least a year would be a smart idea, in addition to turning away from shoplifting and thievery. Many shoplifters have issues that could be helped by working with a Cognitive-Behavioral Psychologist.

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