A 16 year old shoplifts a pack of cigarettes from a gas station, but leaves the exact cost on the counter while the cashier is away. Is it theft?
The new name, man. It's changed you.
No it's not theft but it is still breaking the law.
If the owner wants the kid prosecuted for shoplifting, then the kid can prosecute the owner for theft for the money that was left on the counter.
Why can't I make a poll tonight without closing it and rewording it? It's staring to bug me.
This is more clear. It did take me a second to understand what you are saying before.
But like I said before, stealing probably isn't the appropriate word.
It's not shoplifting if you pay for it.
Not to me
Lol, nothing. Well, as far as you know at least.
Changed the wording, because I realized how stupid the last one sounded.
What have you done
Fair enough. However, I've never been to a place where the cigarettes are NOT behind the counter, so it is possible a law could be broken besides the fact that a 16 yr old can't buy them.
Only if they take it. They can hand it into the police instead, "oh look someone seems to have forgotten their property...".
For the sake of this question, assume that the cigarettes aren't behind the counter.
Not theft, but definitely something else.
He did pay for them, but it's illegal for him to buy them, so I'll go with a charge of delinquency.
Yes, the owner must still consent to the sale or it's theft.
Technically, I believe "trespassing" is also involved, considering the customer needed to go behind the counter to get the cigarettes?