Not Just Shoplifting But Looting

By | February 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

Report: Shoplifting crisis forces Macy’s to close flagship Union Square store in San Francisco, as well as 150 stores nationwide. Big chain stores can close some stores. But small mom-and-pop stores have to close entirely, removing the family’s source of income. This is not merely a financial problem. It is a moral problem that reflects poorly on our civilization – or lack thereof.

A question of terminology: One guy stealing a pair of socks and trying to conceal it is shoplifting. A whole group openly stealing armloads of stuff is looting. Looting is what opposing armies do to conquered enemies. If we lack courage to solve the problem, let’s at least be honest in naming it.

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