Cruel or Just Punishment

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ATTALLA, Alabama (AP) -- Shoppers entering the Wal-Mart Supercenter here got a reminder not to try anything funny: Two shoplifters stood outside with signs reading, "I am a thief; I stole from Wal-Mart."

Attalla City Judge Kenneth Robertson Jr. ordered the two people to wear the signs for four hours each during two successive Saturdays.

"The only comments we've heard so far have been positive," said store manager Neil Hawkins. "Most of them thought it was a good thing."

One of the shoplifters, Lisa King Fithian, 46, wore the sign from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to avoid a 60-day jail sentence. Another convicted shoplifter was at the store from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fithian maintained her innocence. She said her conviction was based on a misunderstanding: She said she was taking a $7 item to the service desk because it would not scan.

Outside the store, she said people who saw her wearing the sandwich board commented that the punishment was "cruel."

Hawkins noted how embarrassing it would be for the public to see someone who got caught shoplifting.

"Maybe they'll think twice about doing it," he said.

What do you think of this type of punishment? Are there other creative tactics that should be employed to curb crime? Do you have any ideas you'd like to see in action? Let me know what you think.

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Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

its cool with me, but if he looked like you and me he would have gotten 18 months for a first offense. Maybe they should pull the islamic justice and chop that hand folk

CapCity said...

I think they should put signs on child molesters. We should be able to see that type of crap coming! Will they put signs in large companies that are stealing its patrons BLIND? It should be a fair exchange:-)

Shai said...

For some it would work, others not. Some folks just don't have shame about themselves or their actions.

I agree with CAP on the molestors and big biz.

KIKI said...

I think its a great form of punishment. There have also been stories of parents making their children do the same thing...wear a sandwich board admitting to some crime they committed or act of defiance. Most people try to hide the fact they've been arrested or charged with some crime. Putting them on the street so that others can see who they are & what they did just may embarass them enough not to do it again

dcsavvystar said...

I would soooo hide my face if this were me--- dayum!

Mizrepresent said...

I'm about these oil companies, credit card companies, mortgage companies ripping off people...will they wear signs too! It's a dayum shame!