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Australian university student newspaper defends publishing controversial how-to-shoplift guide

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A scholar newspaper at Australia’s College of Queensland is defending a controversial article that offered shoplifting tricks to cash-strapped college students. 

The piece, “The Refined Artwork of Shoplifting,” was revealed within the scholar newspaper Semper Floreat on Saturday. 

FILE: Pedestrians stroll previous a Woolworths grocery store on George Road on August 24, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. 
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Within the piece, the nameless author suggested readers on “frifting,” or “free buying.” As defined by the author, frifting is “a official motion for the working class to absorb ongoing class battle.” 

Suggestions included sporting a masks and protecting identifiable markers like piercings and tattoos. Frifters are suggested to go to whichever self-serve machine is closest to the employees monitoring them and take off the steel tags. 

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As reported by 9 Information, public officers shortly condemned the article. Queensland Schooling Minister Grace Grace mentioned it must be withdrawn. Shadow Schooling Minister Christian Rowan mentioned encouraging folks to commit felony offenses would result in anarchy. 

However the newspaper has refused to again down. Editor-in-chief  William Kugelman wrote an op-ed saying that Semper Floreat stands by its “determination to publish the hypothetical protected shoplifting information.” 

“More and more, individuals are pressured into impoverishment and homelessness, whereas the ruling class, governments, and firms, benefit from the fruits of the working class’ stolen labor,” he wrote. 

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The entry included a response from the nameless creator, stating: “We’re in a housing disaster, experiencing the best price of residing and lowest wages charges since WW2, and but the wealthiest preserve (getting) wealthier – forcing folks to dwell in tents, consolidating their monopolies on housing, ravenous folks on stagnant ranges of centrelink help and insufficient minimal wages.” 

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