Shoplifters Ordered To Wear Sign Reading "I Am A Thief"

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    rockthecasbah

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    Two people that were caught stealing at a Wal-Mart took a plea deal where instead of serving a 60 day jail sentence opted to enter a plea deal where they stood outside the Wal-Mart for about 4 hours wearing a sign that read "I am a thief."


    Personally i think it's hilarious a good option for them. The article linked to at the bottom states that one stole a product that was $7, a petty theft, so taking the shame to stay out of jail gets the message across to them and others.


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  2. macrumors Core

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    a bit silly if you ask me, but i guess public humiliation works sometimes still. sadly.
     
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    dartzorichalcos

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    A good way to teach them a lesson so they would never do it again.
     
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    Ahhh, the "Scarlet Letter" in real life!

    How 'bout posting a sign outside Walmarts stating, "I am a thief, I ship jobs overseas!"?
     
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    I dunno, I'd probably feel bad for someone wearing that sign and flip them a quarter, or give them the rest of my burger.
     
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    jsw

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    Well, i think wearing a sign for four hours to avoid a 60-day jail sentence is a good idea. :)

    Still... she faced a 60-day jail sentence for petty theft?

    How would this help anyone?
     
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    I think it works better if you can throw tomatoes at them. Not that I would in this case, but some people really need fruit chucked at them.
     
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    I don't know how or why but I hate Wal*Mart a little less after this - not that I would start shopping there now.
     
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    At least they didn't have their hands cut off, as they do in some countries.

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    I am all for public humiliation. I wish there was more of it. If you do something wrong. It should be everyone else's right to point and laugh at you.:D
     
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    Dunno. If they took the Jail sentence they might have met Paris!
     
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    Cause that Apple you use was made in the USA right.

    jon
     
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    Henri Gaudier

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    Personally i think it's hilarious a good option for them. The article linked to at the bottom states that one stole a product that was $7, a petty theft, so taking the shame to stay out of jail gets the message across to them and others.

    I see Joe Strummers politics have seeped into your very soul on this issue.

    Wal-Mart is an immoral bag-o-***** anyway. Thieve it to its knees. Smash it up.
     
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    iJon

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    We had a kid steal a street sign once in our town. The judge made him hold it up on the street corner for the good part of a day for punishment. I bet he never did it again.

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    this makes me wanna be a judge so I can give cool setences like this.

    My problem would be that I would overfill our local jails with sex offenders because they would always get the max setenece from me.
     
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    It's a bit silly but they will be embarrass enough not to steal from walmart again...I know I would be




    Bless
     
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    Here is a link to a video where a dutch store treats its shoplifters in a similar way.
    The 10000th shoplifter is celebrated with music, cake and a present. The shoplifter in question was not amused...
     
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    I would be embarrassed to be that judge. I can't think of anything more unusual or cruel.

    And I would be embarrassed to be the owner of the Walmart. If I were someone who shopped at Walmart I would turn around and not shop there as soon as I saw the man. The man in the sandwich board which said he stole says so much about Walmart:

    Walmart is frequented by criminals.
    There is currently a criminal standing in front of me.
    Walmart is complicit in allowing cruel and unusual punishment.
    This place is even trashier than I thought.
    Someone needs to grow up. This is childish.

    Finally, my initial thought when I saw this was: oh my God, this is so sad that someone had to steal an item that was only $7 and secondly that Walmart is the height of unethical companies and steals from poor Americans and even poorer Chinese people. Even still, I wouldn't be as gauche as to make the Walmart CEO wear a sandwich board. What is happening to this nation's decorum?
     
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    You have a very weak imagination!

    I mean, it's not like this is libelous/slanderous, they were convicted of theft, and thus, they are a thief. Their reputation is being harmed because of their actions, not on someone's whims.
     
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    if really they convicted them to 60 days in prison for 7$ worth of theft, the judge, all the jurors and the store manager should be branded with an "I am an ***hole" sign on their forefront. Permanently.

    and read hawthorne's masterpiece.
     
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    He got to choose either the sign or jail. I think thats way more then fair.
     
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    Peace

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    That concept should be considered "cruel or unusual punishment" under the Constitution..

    It's a symptom of a really sad state of affairs in the USA.

    Furthermore this topic should be in the political,social forums
     
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    Actually since they volunarily took this punishment they shouldn't be protected under the constitution.

    If i was them i wouldn't fight it as a constitutional matter because it's either standing outside with a sign or stuck in a jail with hardened criminals if you win.
     
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    elppa

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    In my country you have to take it out the store for it to count as theft.

    Is this not the case in the USA?
     
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    depends....was the item in her hand or tucked away in a purse or pocket?

    was she heading the right direction of the service desk or did she not "know" where it was and headed in the parking lot direction?

    I am sure it was much more fishy then text could explain.


    ALSO, this saves the TAX PAYERS MONEY!!!
     

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