Tag: shoplifting

Greg is back but the good news is scarce! Jim and Greg shake their heads as more figures on the left condemn punishment for shoplifters, describing it as “criminalizing poverty.” They also condemn Belarus for concocting a bomb threat to force a civilian airliner to land so they it could arrest a passenger who had written negatively about its government. And they sigh as New York voters seem prepared to re-elect Andrew Cuomo and a majority of Democrats seem perfectly happy to give him another four years.

Walmart Extorts Shoplifters?

 

The high point of the Christmas season is over; for those people who don’t shop online and still frequent malls, today there will be a rush for people to rid themselves of the ugliest, most distasteful, and strangest gifts they’ve received. But for some folks, the thrill and satisfaction of shoplifting will have colored this season, and many retailers will have paid the price.

Until recently, Walmart Stores offered a choice to shoplifters: they could pay for and complete an education program as a result of their crimes, or face possible prosecution. Unfortunately, Walmart canceled the programs when local governments questioned whether Walmart was acting legally:

California Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn said in an August ruling that the program ‘will always be extortion per California law’ as long as it involves payment to Correction Education or retailers. Only a diversion program ‘under the aegis of prosecutorial authorities’ can request money under California law, the judge wrote.