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A new report a British market research company says there is a "wave micro-crime" the country. Researchers the organisation YouGov said they were shocked their findings. Matthew Smith, a data analyst YouGov, said: "Looking around you, you probably wouldn't expect that three every four people you see are [hiding] a criminal past. Yet that's exactly what is happening as new research…[shows] that as many as 74 per cent British people are 'micro-criminals' – having [done] least one very minor or 'micro' crime." The most common crime confessed to the British public is paying someone cash services, knowing that the person will not pay tax it.

YouGov says that men and middle-class people were the most likely to commit these micro crimes. Researchers say 77 per cent men and 71 per cent women committed micro-crimes. About 80 per cent middle-class people admitted to committing micro-crimes while the figure was closer to 70 per cent working-class people. The second-most commonly committed crime was illegally downloading or streaming TV shows, movies or music. Slightly fewer than 30 per cent people said they had done this. Other micro-crimes included not paying plastic bags supermarkets, lying your age to get a better deal, and eating things a supermarket paying.

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