Retail workers prepare for more customer traffic during the holiday shopping season. This shopping boon unofficially extends for some weeks beyond Christmas as people return and exchange gifts and use the gift cards they received as presents. Along with handling the rush of customers, retail employees and business owners are on the lookout for those they suspect of shoplifting. Unfortunately, the shoplifting laws in Georgia may jeopardize the future of anyone accused of this type of theft.
The holiday season has begun, and Georgia residents might be among the millions of Americans who have a little extra shopping to do in the coming weeks. This time of year, many people are planning to buy gifts for loved ones, ingredients for a special meal, or are hunting for a bargain on a big purchase, like a vehicle or home appliance. These days, many people turn to the internet for shopping, but many might not be aware that a person can be charged with theft for online activities.
People love their furry friends, and Georgia residents may be among the growing number of Americans who consider their pets to be family members, not property. While certainly, it is not difficult to get attached to a beloved pet, animals are still legally considered to be property, and some kinds of pets cost a pretty penny. Recently, a Georgia man walked into a pet shop and found himself facing allegations of theft.
Breakfast has long been touted as the most important meal of the day. Recently, a Georgia student popped into a local Waffle House restaurant to grab a bite and nearly wound up in legal trouble. What began as a question over a bill quickly escalated into an accusation of theft.
Georgia shoppers are busy stocking up on back-to-school supplies and making sure their wardrobes are ready for fall. Consumers shopping for clothing might see those little security tags affixed to certain items of clothing. Meant to be removed at the time of purchase by a cashier, these tags will sound an alarm if a shopper attempts to leave with a tag still on an item, an effort to prevent shoplifting.
These days, stories about police officers shooting suspects are a hot topic. Many Georgia residents might have already learned that police officers have been involved in almost 50 shootings so far this year. While in most cases the officers maintain that they are just doing their job and trying to stop dangerous individuals from harming the public or committing further crimes, there may be occasions where an overzealous response leaves an individual's life in limbo without a solid reason. A recent case involving shoplifting may be an example of such behavior.
Georgia shoppers would be hard-pressed to find a modern retail establishment that does not use some sort of security system, such as cameras or special tags on goods. Retailers use measures like these to reduce the risk of theft and shoplifting. What happens when someone reviews footage from the cameras and sees a person suspected of committing one of these crimes?
Most Georgia shoppers have probably been to a Walmart. The retail giant has locations all over the United States, and for many, it is an affordable one-stop shop. The busy stores also attract people planning to commit theft, according to local police.
Georgia residents may consider shoplifting to be a petty crime, often associated with a child sneaking a candy item in the checkout line or other scenario in which a simple lesson can be learned. Sadly, many adults make the decision to take things without paying for them, and in many cases, being caught shoplifting can turn into a serious situation for the person accused. Recently, a group of adults was accused of just this thing, and now each individual involved must face the music.
In Georgia and elsewhere, the older a child gets, the more a decision-making process shifts from the parent to the offspring. When a child reaches the age of 18, he or she is considered an adult in the eyes of the law. Though certainly, a person at this age can do his or her best to make good choices, it is not uncommon for some teens and young adults to find trouble in the form of petty crimes, such as shoplifting.