Kids, teens and young adults have a whole slew of ways acting out. They sometimes imbibe in substances, they on occassion harm themselves (and others) and some of them…they shoplift. And this is so not a curse of the working class. The spawn of the rich and famous are just as likely to break the law as anyone else. Case in point, Caroline Giuliani, the twenty-year-old daughter of the one and only Rudy Giuliani. What did she do?
Caroline was allegedly caught shoplifting some cosmetics from the Sephora in the well-heeled East Side of Manhattan. Rudy Giuliani, the ex-mayor of New York, former federal prosecutor and one time presidential candidate is known for being very tough on crime, which makes the fact that his daughter was arrested for stealing all the more ironic. She was allegedly caught swiping over $100 worth of goods from being spotted via camera surveillance. It is believed that she’ll be charged with petit larceny and will need to face that judge later on.
Caroline currently is a student at Harvard University and is estranged from her father after he left her mom for the woman Rudy is currently married to. That’s a pretty good grudge to hold. And she “made some waves” when she backed Barack Obama on her Facebook page when her dad was trying to get the Republican nomination.
So why would a Harvard student who is obviously well off shoplift? It isn’t out of necessity. The site Shopliftingprevention.org lists several seasons why people try to ‘get something for nothing.’
- For some, it’s a “substitute for loss” because they perceived they were unfairly deprived in some way (i.e., a divorce, a serious illness, death of a loved one, loss of income from a job or investments, or an unexpected expense which can cause people to feel needy). Stealing a bottle of shampoo, for example, can temporarily help to relieve the anxiety about their financial situation and gives them a feeling that they are more in control.
- For others, it’s “justified payback” for all they give to others and how little they get back in return.
- For some, it’s a “relief mechanism” for anxiety, frustration, boredom or depression.
They also noted that a third of shoplifters that were studied were diagnosed with depression. They added that “For almost all non-professional shoplifters, stealing from stores is basically a reflection of a person’s ability (or inability) to cope with a multitude of situations in his or her life. It’s a response to their personal life situations.”
Is she out of control? Trying to gain control? And is her dad to blame?
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