Consequences of Shoplifting on You

Topics: Shoplifting, Theft, Youth detention center Pages: 3 (1082 words) Published: February 27, 2013
Consequences of Shoplifting

Shoplifting is not a game…Its when someone takes something of value from another person without permission and with the intent to keep it for oneself.

Since recently being caught shoplifting I have had to face the consequences for the bad mistake I made. I can't tell you how scared I was and how I felt like a complete idiot and I wish I hadn't done it. I'd do anything to take it back, and it was the worst mistake I've ever made, I knew it was wrong and reprehensible and yet I still did it. I have never been in any sort of trouble before. Not at home, not at school, and especially not legally. I do not know why I did what I did, I still have no excuse for my actions other than complete stupidity and disrespect. I now know how much effect my actions have on myself, my mom, my friends, the neighborhood and the world. I've had time to really sit and think and realize the seriousness of my actions. I could of been arrested, charged with shoplifting and taken to juvenile detention center, banned from the mall, and end up with a criminal record, which would make it harder to get a job or get into college later. No one wants to hire someone with a record of stealing. I did not realize at the time, how much of an impact something I do now, as a teen, will and/or could, affect the rest of my life. I now know how wrong my thinking was and how my mistake have effected a lot of different people and places.

In this essay I also want to share some of the things I have experienced and learned over the last couple months. After I was caught shoplifting, I felt extremely scared, even too shocked too cry. I felt horrible for what I did, and I still do to this day! When you steal it makes people look at you differently. I knew it would be hard for God to forgive me and I prayed so much to him to forgive what I did. I felt extremely sorry for what I did and it was hard to forgive myself for it. But I had to, forgive...
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