If your child is caught shoplifting, how should he apologize? In some states, the legal system requires a shoplifting apology letter to be sent to the store manager. Other states offer programs that require the shoplifter to apologize to the theft victim. Is this an appropriate consequence? Yes.
What Lessons Are Learned?
Programs Offer Help
Some states offer diversion programs for non-violent crimes, which keep children charged with shoplifting from reporting to court. Diversion programs work with children, and sometimes parents, to show the long-term consequences of shoplifting. Many times, these programs support having a child write an apology letter. This step requires the child to examine his motives prior to the shoplifting as well as to understand the severity of the consequences.
Writing a letter of apology for shoplifting is a valuable learning tool for a child who is caught stealing. The process will help your child understand the consequences and thought processes surrounding the incident.
Teens need to understand the true cost of workplace and employee theft and realize it not only affects the business, it can also have a lasting effect on their personal lives.
What's the harm in cable stealing? A lot, if you've got kids.