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2016-09-25
Joplin, MO. Wal-Mart Becomes Prosecutor, Judge and Jury In Shoplifter Cases

The Joplin, Missouri Globe reports that one-third of the Wal-Mart stores across America are using a new “restorative justice” plan for shoplifters: if you’re a first-time offender, you can admit your guilt, and pay a $400 fee to take a course online. If you don’t pay the fee, or finish the course, Wal-Mart will call in the cops.

A Wal-Mart spokesperson admitted: “The Restorative Justice Program allows us to not call the police at all and process the offender right on the spot.” If the alleged offender doesn’t have $400 up front, Wal-Mart will charge the $500 in installments to take the course. Since the cost of producing this course is a one-time fixed cost, either Wal-Mart or the company who made the course can make a nice little profit off the plan.

Police departments across the country have been pressuring the retailer to reduce the number of calls the cops get to protect Wal-Mart property. A virtual crime epidemic at Wal-Mart has been publicized in the mainstream media in the past several months.

The Joplin Globe reports that cops in that city went to Wal-Mart 512 times in 2015.



What you can do: Comments on this story included these:

“If you're worried about shoplifting then don't accept bribes to keep the police uninvolved. I honestly might start shoplifting at Walmart now, I'll either not get caught or if I do it will never show up on my record.”

And:

“Nice Wal-Mart. How about helping people in the community instead of forcing them into more financial problems. Yes some people shoplift for fun but some do it just to eat.”

Read the full story:

http://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/wal-mart-takes-its-own-approach-to-shoplifting/article_454c256b-2268-5514-9473-2712d1cd26c8.html










 
 
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