Despite the Ten Commandments having reminded mankind that theft is wrong for more than 3,000 years according to Britannica, stealing is still one of mankind’s habitual vices. Though somewhat unexpectedly, it appears that the kleptomaniacs of the world might be looking to the Good Book for some advice on how to change their ways.
CNN Money had reported that the Bible — the planet’s all-time bestseller — is also the most stolen book in the world as recently as 2013. However, they also noted that Bibles are often distributed free of charge in churches, which may give the impression that they are up for grabs more generally; and with the number of Bibles found in hotel rooms, no wonder so many go missing.
Steve Bercu, the owner of the BookPeople bookstore in Austin, Texas, confirmed that the Bible was the most shoplifted book in the store when he spoke to the New York Times in 2009. “Some people think the word of God should be free,” he told them.