Quote fromQuote fromInstead of jailtime then, how about a large fine. Like ever 1 dollar of stuff you walk out of the store with, you have to pay 50 dollars.
I think this would work, except that most shoplifters are kids who probably don't have the money, thus making their parents pay thus hurting the working class even more. Reality is, just don't do it.
Making the parents slap the **** out of the kid when they get home.