10 Things We’re All Stealing Without Realizing

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Why is it that many of us can’t help nabbing extra Equal when we’re at Starbucks or grabbing a few extra pens at the bank? Turns out those acts of light thievery are mostly innocent—and maybe it’s just human nature to want to snag items that seem like they should be free. Or is it the thrill of doing something illicit? ‘When there is little chance of being caught for stealing and the amount of stolen items is minor, many otherwise honest people will become dishonest,’ says Kerby Alvy, PhD, a psychologist in Los Angeles. Whether you consider shoving ketchup packets in your purse to be a big deal or just funny, read on for some of the things we tend to ‘lift’ when given the opportunity.

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