When the settlers first came to what was to eventually become the United States, some of them (in fact most) had been outlaws and convicted criminals in England before relocating here. And as such, old habits were difficult to overcome.
In fact, one of the first guys here spent most of his time as a prisoner because he could not stop stealing sheep. Finally one of the other former prisoners designed a number of different devices that could be used to "influence" him to discontinue this wicked habit.
This man invented pillories, and all kinds of prisoner holding devices. Finally he made them available in his initial public offering -- the stock market.