Dear Savvy Auntie,

If you are shopping with nieces or nephews and something ends up in a bag that wasn’t paid for, what should you do?

Shopping Auntie

Dear Shopping Auntie,

Dear Shopping Auntie,

I suggest you speak to your niece/ nephew and tell them that it is unacceptable to take something you have not paid for and must be returned or paid for. I also think you should speak to their parents and let them decide how to handle it in terms of a discussion and consequence. If the parents are not on board I think a good consequence is a moratorium on shopping for a period of time.

It is very common for kids to try out shoplifting one or twice; so, if this is a first time “offence” it doesn’t mean that much. However, if it is a pattern there needs to be a more serious reaction and an analysis of what is really behind this behavior.

I hope this is helpful,
Natalie Robinson Garfield


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