Study: Greedy Rich People Shoplift More Than Poor People
5:08 pm, July 7th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Call it a case of Keeping Up With The Joneses. Or, if you prefer, call it rich people being crazy thieves. Whatever you want, really.
In an interview with Time, Rachel Shteir, who wrote The Steal, which seems to be an authoritative tome on rich people stealing things, explains why Americans who make more tan $70,000 a year shoplift 30 percent more than people who make less than $20,000:
“Entitlement is certainly a factor. Rage is a factor. A lot of people feel that they are the victims in whatever way — whether it’s their life circumstances, or that they’re the victims of a larger economic plot — like Bernie Madoff. There’s this idea of avenging yourself on an impersonal entity, like a store. You see what others have — like on TMZ — and you think, ‘What difference does this make?’
What difference does it make? Well, apparently shoplifting costs American businesses over $30 billion a year. So. There you go.