A tale of two thefts

In the United States, only certain types of theft are newsworthy. For example, on June 14, 2021, a reporter for KGO-TV in San Francisco tweeted a cellphone video of a man in Walgreens filling a garbage bag with stolen items and riding his bicycle out of the store. According to San Francisco's crime....

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Hasnain says:

Very informative piece on wage theft and the disparities in how it’s reported versus other property crime. Obviously one has to insert the famous chart of how property crimes are very insignificant compared to wage theft - I’ll look that up again and add it in the comments.

“Shoplifting is just a small fraction of total property crime because more than half of the value of all stolen property comes from stolen vehicles and currency. Nevertheless, media coverage of shoplifting vastly exceeds media coverage of wage theft. A search of United States publications in the Nexis news database reveals 11,631 stories mentioning shoplifting so far in 2021. Over the same period, the same outlets published just 2,009 stories mentioning wage theft. “

Posted on 2021-11-30T06:46:41+0000