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NCJ Number: 72882 Find in a Library
Title: Caught in a Rip-Off
Corporate Author: Centron Educational Films
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Sponsoring Agency: Centron Educational Films
Lawrence, KS 66044
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Centron Educational Films
1621 West Ninth St
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Produced for a junior and senior high school audience, this film portrays the shattering, personal humilitation of a teenage shoplifter when he is apprehended.
Abstract: It depicts several shoplifting scenes which convey the message that shoplifters include ordinary, middle-class teenagers and dispel the myth that only the poor and minorities are involved. Following the introduction, the film takes the viewer through a teenage boy's shoplifting experience, beginning with his initial act of putting a small can of spray paint in his jacket pocket, to being noticed by store personnel, watched by security employees, and finally, apprehended in the store's parking lot. The boy is brought to police headquarters and charged with the crime of shoplifting. It is emphasized that once a person passes through the checkout counter with concealed merchandise, the individual cannot return and pay for it; the charge of shoplifting can be made at that point. The viewer experiences the event from two perspectives: the shoplifter and the store manager. A discussion guide is included.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Juvenile status offenders; Shoplifting
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