Day: July 5, 2011

“The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting” by Rachel Shteir

“The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting” by Rachel Shteir c.2011, The Penguin Press $25.95 / $30.00 Canada 257 pages, includes index   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your mother said you should be ashamed of yourself. And you were. Call it a rite of passage. Call it a dare, peer pressure, wanting to seem cool, or just because you were a dumb kid, but when you wrapped your fingers around that first shiny item, palmed it, and walked away, the heart-pounding thrill of stealing from a store was incredibly powerful. So was the embarrassment of getting caught. Fortunately, you gave up your life of crime long ago but that abashed memory still stings. Good thing, too: shame is one way to deal with shoplifters, as you’ll see in “The Steal” by Rachel Shteir. “Shoplifting today is understudied…” says Shteir. “In fact, what we don’t know about shoplifting does hurt us.” We do know this: a 2008 study indicates that shoplifting happens a million times a year in the U.S. and that shoplifting accounts for 35% of all shrink (a retail term for “goods lost to theft and error”). That’s almost $12 billion worth of merchandise lost to the “five-finger discount” annually. Guess who pays for that… Theft is, of course, as old as humanity. Greek and Roman mythology says that several gods were light-fingered. Plato believed that society and the...

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County fair offers four themes for cheap tickets

The four-day Marion County Fair offers discounts to teens and, seniors and has a day of tribute to the barnyard – just check your day! • Senior Day – Thursday, July 7: Senior admission $2, features dance groups, heritage and veterans’ display, old fashioned cake walk, free health screenings, arts & crafts workshop, quilting and spinning demonstrations, bean bag baseball. • Teen Day – Friday, July 8: Teen admission $2,events include a dance-off, Gamers Tournament, races and relays, bike and skateboard demos, sports court, hip-hop dance and karate demos, with half-off carnival rides and games all day. Also includes a hot rod cruise-in. • Ag Day – Saturday, July 9: Festivities include International FlyBall Dog Competition, KBZY Pretty Baby contest, 4H-FFA BBQ & Market Auction, State 4-H Livestock Judging, Main Stage Music & Entertainment, Gypsy Draft Horse and Miniature Horse Shows. •  Family Day – Sunday, July 10: Free admission after 4 p.m., free activities include kids’ sack, three-legged and wheelbarrow racing, Future Farmers of America Tractor Driving Contest, Home Depot Kids Workshop, Painted Hills Natural Beef Backyard Grilling Contest, facepainting, workshops, and performances from Christian and mariachi groups. NEED TO KNOW Where: Oregon State Fairgrounds When: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday July 7; 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. How much: $7.50 adults, $3.75 kids 6-11, free for five and...

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A bank of our own? North Dakota inspires group

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes What if state reserves were put to work generating credit – and, hopefully, jobs – right here at home? It’s not a totally radical concept, but only one state so far has tried it. And a group of Oregonians want our state to be the second. Supporters of Oregonians for a State Bank came to Keizer in May pitching the idea at Porter’s Pub. Steve Hughes, who doubles as state director of the Oregon Working Families Party, said it was rooted in watching the financial crisis of 2008, where banks once considered unsinkable were teetering on the brink of failure. “Our pensions and such things were on the line, but we felt we had little control over those decisions,” Hughes said. The inspiration comes from North Dakota, where the state-owned Bank of North Dakota started in 1919 in part to extend credit to North Dakotans who couldn’t get a loan from East Coast-based financial institutions. By law it holds all deposits from state institutions and departments. The bank does this through direct lending and participation loans, where a private bank provides a portion of the principal and the government-owned bank steps in for the rest. The federal government already does this to an extent; think Small Business Administration and USDA lending. The concept has caught the interest of some Oregonians due to three...

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