Dear Straight Talk: I am writing about my friend. She has a problem with shoplifting, maybe even an addiction. I would like to help her stop before she gets caught because she is over 18 and it will result in a criminal record. She is a good person except for this. Over the past holiday, she stole so much stuff it almost made me sick. Does anyone on the panel have shoplifting experience and if so, how did they stop? — Sammie
Matt, 17, Mission Viejo: I have friends who shoplifted and were caught. One was stealing earrings for his girlfriend. He had stolen jeans multiple times before. He was devastated when they told his coaches at school. Jail time is one thing, but other consequences might have more sway.
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