Today I watched while a man walked into a pastry shop, took a large box of cookies and put it into his bag. He then walked out of the store and away, disregarding my stink eye on him.
- If I were to call him on it he would or run or say I was lying and there might be some Chilul Hashem חילול השם.
- The cookie boxes were placed at the entrance to the store and definitely fell under the category of Lifney Iver לפני עיוור, and probably the merchants have Yiush יאוש (this type of store expects things to be stolen on a daily basis).
- On the other hand, there's the factor of deterring the perpetrator; i.e., he will now steal more since he wasn't caught last time.
The questions are:
A: Am I obligated to chase the perpetrator / inform the store, when no reconciliation will come of it (including the store not changing the way they display the goods)?
B: Must I pay for the box, seeing as I did not do anything?
C: Would it matter if i was only 98% sure that he had actually stolen?