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Wal-Mart to Prosecute Young Shoplifters

By RobotGod     Jul 11, 2007 in World
Wal-Mart is recommending its stores prosecute shoplifters at a younger age, tightening guidelines for store managers as it seeks to put a cap on rising theft that has eroded its profit.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Wednesday it issued new guidelines to its U.S. stores this week lowering the age at which it recommends they prosecute first-time shoplifters to 16 from 18.
A year ago, they their policy by recommending stores only prosecute first-time offenders when the items that are stolen are worth $25 or more, a guideline that still remains.
The policy change applies to first-time shoplifters. The guidelines are a suggestion and store managers do have some leeway to prosecute anyone accused of theft.
This is pretty common practice in most stores. I think the real issue here is that this is newsworthy at all.
Years ago, no one would have had a problem with a shoplifter at that age being prosecuted, but these days in our PC overprotective world, it is a bit more of a story as I think some people would have a problem with it.
Stealing is stealing and 16 is old enough to know better.
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