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Will Antony Worrall Thompson try "the Winona defence"? British and American attitudes to shoplifting differ vastly

Not much has changed since 1800, when Jane Austen’s aunt, Jane Leigh-Perrot, was the first middle-class person to be tried for shoplifting. Today, when wealthy people like Antony Worrall Thompson steal from stores, it incites outrage—as though we could not bear to consider the idea that stealing might arise from something other than economic deprivation. At the beginning of the 19th century, that misconception at least worked in Leigh-Perrot’s favour: she was…

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