As everybody knows, theft is unacceptable in our society. What is more, we all know that it should be punished. Still, there are many kinds of theft, which makes it impossible to establish one completely fair law.
For example, should a shoplifter be punished in the same way as a desperate poor man? I would say not. However both of them must be punished, otherwise it could become impossible to stop the flow of “poor” thieves. Nevertheless, how to solve the problem of kleptomaniacs? This is another story. Here comes the question, what are kleptomaniacs? How to deal with this problem? Would it be fair to put them in one cell together with other criminals? The act of theft is always the same crime, so why not punish it always in the same way?
One more thing I would like to mention is the problem of stealing by children. This is a really dangerous issue because young thieves may grow up and be very respectable people if we act too gently .