I have worked as a security consultant in loss prevention for almost 30 years in upstate NY. With economy swings and disappearing wages I have watched the effects of good times and bad times on employees and people in general. To start.. those employers who paid there employees a living wage had very few "bad apples". Even bad times didn't change this dynamic.
But employers who paid minimum wage had more turn over, lower productivity and far greater losses due to employee theft. In other words hard times turn normally good people into "bad", but most hard times have been caused by the greed of the wealthy riding on the backs of the poor in what appears to be legalized slavery.