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Stealing is never acceptable
Some people may have no choice but to steal, in order to support themselves or their family.
When people are stealing to save lives (people on the edge of starvation) then stealing is of course justified.
If it is justified to steal under certain contexts, then the act of stealing itself is not inherently wrong.
The right to life outweighs the right to property.
If the thief is caught and arrested, their family will no longer have any support from them anyway, causing them greater suffering.
Most people are completely capable of providing for themselves and their families by using their own resources.
Even if desperate, stealing should never be considered acceptable; it sets a dangerous moral precedent, where crimes can be validated if sufficient context is given.