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FAQ: What Exactly is Shoplifting?, Stealing, Theft, Boost, Rip-Off, Price Switching

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What Exactly is Shoplifting?

Shoplifting is the commonly used term to describe the act (by a non-employee) of removing something from a retail establishment, during business hours, without making payment for it. An even more common word, 'stealing,' is also used to describe this act. In fact, there are no criminal statutes known as 'shoplifting' or 'stealing'; they are simply terms used to describe the act.

Shoplifting is a well-entrenched cultural phenomena as evidenced by the many slang terms used to describe the act that have evolved thru time such as 'boost', 'rip-off', 'jack', 'clip', 'get-over', 'gank', 'pocket', 'swipe', and the truly descriptive 'five finger discount'.

The act of price switching, or intentionally altering price tags or stickers on merchandise, is a way to pay an amount less than what the store owner actually intends to charge for the item. Price switching is another extremely common form of shoplifting.

Theft, petty theft and criminal conversion are the most frequent legal terms applied to the act of shoplifting. A variety of local and state laws cover the crime and the penalties for the offense vary based on the particular statute.

To learn more, read Shoplifting.

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