CHICAGO -- Trying on shoes at a department store, I was struck by how long it took for the salesperson to return from the stock room.
"Where did he go?" I asked author Rachel Shteir, my new shopping companion.
"Now, if you wanted to steal those, you would just take the pair you came in with and place them in the box, and wear the new ones right out the door," Shteir whispered.
Shteir's new book is "The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting" (The Penguin Press, $25.95).