It is not uncommon for a college student to have a retail fraud arrest (which is also known as a shoplifting arrest). The reasons for it may include the thrill, greed, or necessity. The common element to this type of offense is that if the student committed a retail fraud he or she did not look beyond the moment. When you are young you may feel invincible, or might not look at the long term consequences.
All of this behavior is rather silly when the long term consequences are considered in light of the time, effort, and tens of thousands of dollars spent on a higher education. The bottom line is that employers do not want to hire people with theft convictions. Why? There is a fear that the employee will steal from them or from customers. Persons that do not respect boundaries when it comes to a merchant’s products may not respect boundaries when it comes to the workplace and company assets. Also, there are plenty of other people looking for jobs to choose from that do not have shoplifting convictions.
The government also recognizes that persons with theft convictions should be either highly scrutinized or prevented from obtaining certain types of jobs. Many jobs that require licensing such as lawyers, doctors, nurses, accountants. etc, mandate that the person obtaining the license pass fitness and character background checks.