When I was younger, I had a recurring nightmare. When I had this dream, I would wake up covered in sweat, unable to shake it from my mind for days.
In the dream, I had successfully shoplifted a bag of jellybeans from Kroger. After I left with the booty, I felt extremely guilty. An attempt to return the candy to the shelves was thwarted by a savvy security guard and the police were called. I was in big trouble.
I have never shoplifted anything. Intentionally. When I was in the seventh grade, my dad took me a craft store to purchase some more cross-stitch supplies. I needed to get some new floss to add to my vast collection. While at the store, I noticed a small purse sized card listing the numbers of all the DMC floss colors. It was about 1/8 the size of a piece of paper, printed on card stock and right above the DMC floss display. I took one and put it in my purse. A few days later, I noticed that there was a price tag on it that said $.05. I told my parents about this and begged my dad to take me back to the store so I could pay them. He said to wait until next time I went. Several months passed, but I did give them their nickel.
This is the kind of conscience I have when it comes to shoplifting.
I am thinking about doing something akin to shoplifting. Tell me on a scale of 1-10 how immoral this is.
Last July I purchased a clock at a local department store. It is a very large clock and cost more than $150. I have had many problems with the clock, as I had to reglue the glass to the metal frame of the clock. It eats batteries and recently it has stopped working all together.
I do not have my receipt or any type of packaging.
Though this past weekend I noticed they are still selling the same model of clock at this department store. How bad would it be if I purchased a new clock and then returned the old clock?
Now, that I have written this out, I think I will not do this, as it seems underhanded. But, a clock that expensive should work for more than a few months.