One of the socio-economic results is the emergence of a large number of newly impoverished families. They might still have assets, like their cars and homes, but they are struggling to make ends meet.
As The961 came to know from several school administrations, many parents haven’t been paying their children’s tuition.
Saadeh told us that, while occasional thefts happen, thefts like the ones her minimarket is now experiencing only began increasing this month. They do coincide with the value of the Lebanese Lira dropping drastically against the dollar. On Saturday, the exchange rate exceeded 10,000 LBP.
However, Saadeh did indicate that there have been poor customers who looked like they were in real need and yet never stole from their store.
“If Lebanese are going through difficult times, there are ways to ask for help rather than resorting to stealing. These actions portray a lack of morals, no matter how small the item they stole,” she said.
After all, no legal businesses and no store’s owners have been spared the impact of the nationwide economic collapse.
Customers entering stores with the intent of stealing must be also aware that surveillance cameras are there to catch them in the act, which, whatever the reasons behind it, is a criminal offense.
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