Winona Ryder Shoplifting Case Study (2).pdf - Winona Ryder Shoplifting Case Study By Jenna Neumann I am Winona Ryder a famous actress that in 2002 was

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Unformatted text preview: Winona Ryder Shoplifting Case Study By: Jenna Neumann I am Winona Ryder, a famous actress, that in 2002 was tried for shoplifting around $5,500 worth of goods from high end stores. I was convicted of two counts of shoplifting and could have been tried for up to three years in state prison. However I was put on probation for three years, got counseling, and had to have 480 hours of community service. While I was going to stores, security officers followed me on cameras, watching me bring loads of clothes into fitting rooms. One security officer looked through the fitting room slot and saw me cutting tags off of the clothes and wrapping them up in tissue paper. However I was told to shoplift in order to prepare for a new role and I let the officers know this when they came to arrest me. Furthermore I thought that after my first purchase at these stores that they would keep my account open and charge me for the merchandise later. When looked into it was discovered I did not have an account there. I faced many ethical questions throughout the process of having a trial. Why did I steal when I have plenty of money to buy things? Why ruin the clothes that I steal by cutting holes in them to get the tags off if I was going to wear them? Do I think because I am famous that I will get away with little punishment? I chose to plead innocent during my trial. I pleaded innocent because I was asked to shoplift by one of my directors to become better prepared for an upcoming role. I wanted to be the best fit for this role so I did it. I was also under the impression that the store would put everything on my open account. So I was prepared to pay for everything that I took. When I was caught shoplifting, I spend a night in jail. While waiting for my trial I was allowed to be free because I was not considered a flight risk. I accepted responsibility for my crime and my lawyer and I tried multiple times to a solution without going to trial. However it did not work. Many people started reporting on my shoplifting scandal. After my trial my final sentence was three years probation. Along with it came drug and psychological counseling and 480 hours of community service. Word that I was also suspected of shoplifting from two other stores previously came out after the trial. I understood what I did was wrong and knew that I need to have punishment. I was however happy when I learned that I wouldn't have to be in a state prison for three years. Although my lawyer and I were fairly sure that I wouldnt, it was still a relief to find out. When I discovered that I would be doing community service I was very happy that I would be helping people and especially kids. I had always loved kids and I had once put up a reward for finding a missing child. Once word came out I had shoplifted many people were trying to figure out why. Some people were supportive of me throughout the trial because they knew that I was a good person and have done lots of good in my career. While others thought that I had an obsession with stealing things and was going to have a hard time stopping. A classical criminologist would argue that I was thinking rationally and that I shoplifted knowing full well what I was doing. They would say that I knew I was committing a crime when I did it and that I could have chose to not to. They would also mention that I went against the social contract and that I thought the benefits outweighed the punishment and cost. Should I? Should I not? A criminologist from the Italian School would say that I shoplifted because of my biology. They would say that I was born a certain way that gave me traits of a criminal. That my face and body show similarities to other criminals and that I could take after these traits and become a criminal too. They might also say that the bumps on my head indicate that I have a similar head compared to other people that became criminals. A criminologist with a focus on biology would assume I have a specific biological trait that made me more likely have committed my crime. Such as the gene theory which suggests that I may have inherited a gene from my family that is associated with crime. This gene may have made me more susceptible to be persuade or convince myself to commit a criminal act such as shoplifting. This criminologist may find that previous members of my family have committed a crime to further support their claim. A criminologist with a focus on psychology would assume that something affected the way I think in my environment that made me think that shoplifting was a good idea or normal. Such as behavior theory which suggests that because I acted in some disturbing and homicidal movies and got mass media support from them that I may have thought that shoplifting would get me more attention. The criminologist may also say that me growing up with my parents that smoked pot and chose for Timothy Leary to be my godfather, may have also affected the way that I think about things. These changes in my view of what is acceptable and not acceptable may have made me think that shoplifting was ok. There are four theories that could explain why I committed the crime that I did. Rational Theory assumes that I weighed the risks and benefits and chose the one that outways the other. Another theory is biological trait theory. This assumes that there is something to do with my body or genetic makeup that causes me to be more likely to commit a crime. Psychological trait theory is also a possible theory that people may be the reason I shoplifted. This would assume that the way I learned to think or view things affected my personality and may have caused me to shoplift. The final theory is the social learning theory. This theory suggests that I learned to act a specific way based on what I have seen others do. I believe that the theory that best represents my circumstances would be the rational choice theory. I believe this because when I shoplifted I was aware of what I was doing and thought that the benefits of being better in my role outweighed the risk of being caught and going to court. I also thought that I would be charged for the merchandise through my open account, so even if I was caught for vandalizing the merchandise I would be paying for it. I believe that although I shoplifted, I did it under the belief that I was practicing for a new upcoming role and was going to be charged for the merchandise later. Although I tried to makeup for my crime without going to court it did not work. I do however think that my punishment was fair for my crimes and that I did need to mend my mistakes. I am very relieved though that the 2002 incident did not affect my acting career. Works Cited "Control - Winona Ryder." DeviantArt. N.p., n.d. Web. Labi, Nadya. "Why Did She Do It?" Time. Time Inc., 12 Nov. 2002. Web. Lyman, Rick. "Winona Ryder Convicted of 2 Counts in Shoplifting." The New York Times. The New York Times, 06 Nov. 2002. Web. MailOnline, Emily Sheridan for. "'It Wasn't like the Crime of the Century': Winona Ryder on THAT Shoplifting Incident and How It Turned out to Be a Blessing in Disguise ." Daily Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 02 Aug. 2016. Web. Manji, Imtiaz. "Are You Ready to Change the Way You Think?" Spear Education. N.p., n.d. Web. "PORTRAITS: Winona Ryder." Pinterest. N.p., n.d. Web. "Ryder Sentenced to 3 Years Probation." CNN. Cable News Network, 10 Dec. 2002. Web. Sarah C. P. 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