We were going around the room talking about transgressions in middle school and high school and shoplifting came up. My friend from Kansas said that his state had a strange law. If you got caught shoplifting, you could pay for the amount of the merchandise, leave it, plus pay the store $100. He'd taken advantage of this law once at a Sam Goody CD store during his reckless youth. We called it the extortion law, but now I'm more inclined to think it was the naive law. I suspect that the enterprising Sam Goody employees told him he could go to jail or pay $100, and he chose the latter, and in doing so helped to line their pockets a bit.
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