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.”
“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.”
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