Celeste Perry: Almost Shoplifting. Have You Done It?

Past Crimes and Misdemeanors

April 19, 2017

I'd just left the store with my giant bag of stuff yesterday, when I noticed the little plastic cube of blue eye-shadow at the bottom of the shopping cart.  I forgot to pay for it, so I went back with my almost shoplifted item and handed it, with my receipt to the clerk.  He looked at me in disbelief and said "Wow, thank you. That's really nice of you to bring it back and pay for it".  

I told him my shoplifting days were over, he laughed and proceeded to tell me that his days of the five finger discount had ended when he got caught.  I didn't expect his confession, but decided if he was brave enough to fess up, I might as well join in, "I didn't get caught", I said, "I just stopped on my own.  I took a cheap pair of earrings from the local five and dime when I was a bratty 13-year-old". 

I asked him if he thought everyone's had a brush with shoplifting and he seemed fairly certain that it was a right of passage.  I'm not sure that's true, but it's a conversation I've had with other friends and I'm always amazed by the number of people who admit to a shoplifting adventure from their youth.  

I paid for my almost shoplifted eyeshadow and told my new partner-in-past-crimes, that I was still working off the guilt from my youth.