More California Lunacy- Shoplifting Decriminalized – Anything below $950 keeps the crime a misdemeanor — and likely means the thieves face no pursuit and no punishment

Cali is under $1000
New York is under $1000
Michigan is under $1000
Ohio is under $1000
Texas is under $1500
Wisconsin is under $2500

California ballot measure blamed for shoplifting jump

Perry Lutz says his struggle to survive as a small businessman became a lot harder after California voters reduced theft penalties 1½ years ago.

About a half-dozen times this year, shoplifters have stolen expensive drones or another of the remote-controlled toys he sells in HobbyTown USA, a small shop in Rocklin, northeast of Sacramento. “It’s just pretty much open season,” Lutz said. “They’ll pick the $800 unit and just grab it and run out the door.”

Anything below $950 keeps the crime a misdemeanor — and likely means the thieves face no pursuit and no punishment, say retailers and law enforcement officials. Large retailers including Safeway, Target, Rite Aid and CVS pharmacies say shoplifting increased at least 15 percent, and in some cases, doubled since voters approved Proposition 47 and ended the possibility of charging shoplifting as a felony with the potential for a prison sentence.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-ballot-measure-blamed-shoplifting-jump-145520717.html

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First of all we all pay for it. the retailers will raise the prices on items to cover their losses. secondly it encourages those who are afraid of the felony conviction as that sticks with you for life and can keep one from employment to go for it now that it is a misdemeanor which will disappear from your record with time. kids are savy now and know what sticks for life and what you can get away with. teens tend to be the worst we have found in our store.

 

 

Stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime, Italy’s highest court of appeal has ruled.
Judges overturned a theft conviction against Roman Ostriakov after he stole cheese and sausages worth €4.07 (£3; $4.50) from a supermarket.
Mr Ostriakov, a homeless man of Ukrainian background, had taken the food “in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment”, the court of cassation decided.
Therefore it was not a crime, it said.
A fellow customer informed the store’s security in 2011, when Mr Ostriakov attempted to leave a Genoa supermarket with two pieces of cheese and a packet of sausages in his pocket but paid only for breadsticks.

In 2015, Mr Ostriakov was convicted of theft and sentenced to six months in jail and a €100 fine.

‘Right and pertinent’ ruling, say papers
For the judges, the “right to survival prevails over property”, said an op-ed in La Stampa newspaper (in Italian).
In times of economic hardship, the court of cassation’s judgement “reminds everyone that in a civilised country not even the worst of men should starve”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36190557

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