There are out-and-out thieves, of course. We know of small specialty-clothing stores that have had people boldly walk out with armfuls of unpaid items. Local liquor store owners tell us they are sometimes invaded by crowds of “shoppers” who use the distraction to take far more than they pay for. Retail clerks at most stores get lessons in how to catch shoplifters.
But what about theft on a smaller scale? Taking items from your workplace, keeping money you find in a lost wallet, not bringing an incorrect price to the attention of a clerk if you would have to pay more.
Those transgressions are all about personal integrity, and it defines the kind of person we are. Being trustworthy and honest is something that can give us pride in ourselves, something we can — and must — teach our children.