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Dolly - - D & M -

“I first stole some­thing when I was 15; I would walk through su­per­mar­kets with friends and we would eat and drink what­ever we wanted then walk out. I re­alised how easy it was to steal and, to be hon­est, it gave me a bit of a rush. It was un­planned at first, but it turned into know­ingly sho­plift­ing with a group of friends. We would go to Kmart and steal things like nail pol­ish, per­fume and un­der­wear. I didn’t need them – I was do­ing it for ex­cite­ment. I never got caught, but a few other peo­ple did and dobbed the rest of us in. The po­lice made us write apolo­gies and pay the store back. I felt hor­ri­ble – it was the low­est point of my life. It ru­ined my school year and my re­la­tion­ship with my par­ents. I moved out of my home­town to live with other fam­ily mem­bers, started a new school and was banned from see­ing my old friends. In the end, all the em­bar­rass­ment and guilt wasn’t worth the ex­cite­ment.”

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