Shoplifting – Criteria 4 / Impulsive Behavior Part 2

Some days I see something small (it’s always something small) that I want but the price tag just isn’t acceptable. Who the hell pays $15 for nail polish? $9 for cheese? $40 for diet pills? $55 for a ring?
Sometimes it’s not even stuff that I want but the challenge itself that is alluring. I never NEED to do this, but the jolt of adrenaline that spikes my curiosity is irresistible.  It’s like a runner’s high that triggers your endorphins. The high lasts for hours. 
I really have no excuse for this. I was arrested for shoplifting when I was 16 but my record was expunged when I became legal. It’s a challenge, a rush, to see if I can get away with it, and I do. I no longer look like your typical teenage shock rock goth star. I don’t have the image that people notice on surveillance. I can palm something and have it up my sleep as it appears I am putting it back on the shelf in two seconds flat.
If I got caught the penalties would be devastating. I have a very professional career path that could be ruined but I don’t care. I do it anyways. Is it a cry for attention? Do I want to get caught? Hell, no.  I just want to get away with it, and get free stuff. Stuff I like to have but not enough to pay for it. Corporate America is greedy and materialistic. I don’t usually take from small vendors, mostly your mass produced consumer conglomerate like Wal-Mart or the like. They get things at whole sale and jack up the price 1000%. I know it only costs 10 cents to make this $10 tea tray, and yet, they get away with ripping me off every day.
A penny saved is a taste of their own medicine.
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One comment on “Shoplifting – Criteria 4 / Impulsive Behavior Part 2

  1. i go through phases where I steal. I grew up with a really strict moral code and internalised it heavily, (i guess i was impressionable). So, I never lied or stole. (except white lies).But in the last year or so, I started stealing (btw, i'm not religious now and have no solid code so it's kind of a do as i feel thing). Again, it was the rush of getting away with it. I don't even think ahead to getting caught. I get cocky and maybe consider a half-baked excuse if i am caught.I only steal little things on occasion (purely mood-related), small food items etc. Nothing big. But i must have a knack since I've not been caught – yet! I know full well how dumb it is, but does that stop the impulse? not always.

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