The second category; stealing for greed. This is where a multitude of scenarios and human behaviors come to interact. It’s actually the reason I searched for this question in the first place. I work for an IT company in downtown Vancouver, everyone in the office is relatively educated and earns a decent salary (which as I’ve come to realize stands for nothing in terms of morals and respectability). So the other day I was having a conversation with one of the HR chaps about why on earth they decided to start buying those little 10mil individual wrapped punets of milk opposed to just buying a 2ltr or galon – being that we are an environmentally conscious company it didn’t make any sense. The reason was simply that people in the office had been stealing milk and bags of ground coffee. At first I laughed this off “who on earth would be so cheap” I said. then I searched for this question.
There could be some truth to this but I would like to propose a theory from what I’ve witnessed over the last 2 years living in North America; people seem to think they have some sort of birth right to obtain things and take action to better themselves at the cost of others. I often question people when I see odd behavior and I’m particularly stubborn in telling someone when I think they’re being an ass, particularly when it relates to common manners. The overall response I’ve gotten from people is that who am I to question them on their actions, they know it’s not right but they see it their privilege to act that way. Relating to the first answer here is it for the thrill? The thrill of heisting some milk and coffee, saving yourself $10-20? Do these people spend the rest of their disposable income filling up their oversized SUV’s and trucks, buying iPhone 5’s & other materialistic crap so they have to cheap out in stealing other wants?