Originally Posted by dougdirt
That is absolutely stealing. He left the store with items that he was not authorized to leave with.
I agree with you that people should be held accountable for mistakes they make, and maybe Leake, as someone who has likely been coddled for years as a star athlete, thought the normal rules didn't apply to him and he'd exchange it without having to wait around like a normal person.
That said, I think it's worth making the distinction because stealing implies dishonesty and deception. If he merely exchanged clothing of equal value without going through the proper channels, I'd say *at worst* that implies immaturity and arrogance, which are easily grown out of from 22 years old and on. It isn't as if he was stuffing things into his jacket and sneaking out of the store.