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Skarface October 30th, 2013 2:33am

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?

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stefanie22 Cincinnati
10/30/13 11:32 am

He did pay for them, but it's illegal for him to buy them, so I'll go with a charge of delinquency.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
10/29/13 9:36 pm

It's not shoplifting if you pay for it.

10/29/13 9:20 pm

Not theft, but definitely something else.

fredd TrumpLand
10/29/13 9:12 pm

Yes, the owner must still consent to the sale or it's theft.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/29/13 8:11 pm

Technically, I believe "trespassing" is also involved, considering the customer needed to go behind the counter to get the cigarettes?

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
10/29/13 8:06 pm

What have you done

Skarface Banned
10/29/13 8:07 pm

Lol, nothing. Well, as far as you know at least.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
10/29/13 8:11 pm

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.

Skarface Banned
10/29/13 8:12 pm

For the sake of this question, assume that the cigarettes aren't behind the counter.

Posco BBQ Enthusiast
10/29/13 7:41 pm

No it's not theft but it is still breaking the law.

HayleyS looking up.
10/29/13 7:37 pm

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.

cpaswr just say the letters
10/29/13 7:37 pm

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.

fredd TrumpLand
10/29/13 9:14 pm

Only if they take it. They can hand it into the police instead, "oh look someone seems to have forgotten their property...".

Skarface Banned
10/29/13 7:34 pm

Changed the wording, because I realized how stupid the last one sounded.

Skarface Banned
10/29/13 7:35 pm

Why can't I make a poll tonight without closing it and rewording it? It's staring to bug me.

PuppyLvr In love with Listgarten
10/29/13 7:36 pm

The new name, man. It's changed you.