I wanted to expand on the Consequences of Shoplifting:
As I stated above, I had to go through extra hurdles to get approved for a Real Estate License Application. I'm one of the lucky people, really. I had 20 years of work history, and former co-workers and employers who took the time to write Letters of Recommendation.
I had to go through that extra hurdle just for a Real Estate License Application as being a Realtor involves handling cash/checks, and even having a key to a sellers home. It's a very high level of trust.
A lot of jobs involve trusting an employee, or even a hired contractor. Not to just be skilled to do their job, but to not steal from them or their customers.
Shoplifting means your job options are very limited...anything that involves handling cash, credit cards, entering another persons home, being a big part of their business....those all involve a lot of trust...
Retail: Forget it. No one wants a thief working in their store. Not even for collecting carts, cleaning the bathrooms, or bagging groceries.
Receptionist: Oh yeah, an employer really wants a thief to be by the Petty Cash Box, taking payments from customers, making the trip to the bank and post office....
Fast Food: You may be lucky enough to be hired to work the headpiece, or operate a Fry Vat or clean the bathrooms. Cashier....likely not.
Bank Teller: Yes, the bank really wants a thief to handle thousands of dollars of cash each day.
Waitress/Waiter. Again, you handle cash and credit cards from the customers.
A lot of Building Trades. You are entering the home of XYZ Contracting Company's Client. Your employer wants to know you will not be relieving Jane Customer of that $20 bill laying on the kitchen counter while you install her new sink or unclog the toilet.
Porter at a car company: Do you want a thief detailing your car?
Hotel Desk Clerk, Hotel Cleaning Service....Would you check into a hotel room and just pray that Joe Thief Room Attendant doesn't clean out more than the toilet and trash can?
Computer Repair Tech: I don't want a thief in my home to repair my computer. Nor do I want to take my computer...and hard drive with my contatcs, resume, passwords, etc to a thief.
Telemarketer: You're marketing a company or product..and likely trying to get a Credit Card Number off of the person you are calling....
Babysitting/Nanny. You are entering a persons home. I'm sure they want a thief watching their kids...and maybe looking around for that $10 bill or piece of jewelry laying around...
Valet Attendant: Nothing like trusting your car keys to a total stranger...let alone one who has stolen....
See how long this list could get? And how even Minimum Wage jobs are toast because of a few dollars of stolen merch?