Unbelievable! It is so sad to see what people will do, desperate or not! It just makes things worse for everyone! About the rummage sale - that one blows my mind, too. My grandmother would shake her head and say "tsk, tsk, tsk".
I think my area has this problem because last week at my M's, there were security locks on EVERY Jolee's embellishments and I had to get a worker to even get one off. My dad used to work undercover at Disneyland catching shoplifters and you would be surprised at who does it. It was mostly women with strollers and some were even teaching the kids how to do it! Most of these people have no remorse or regret, they just have it in their minds that THEY deserve it if they can't afford it. Being a teacher, I am seeing this attitude in our future generation starting as young as Kindergarten and it scares me.