Shame ★ Mart

July 25th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

You may remember that awhile back, I wrote about a 12 year-old girl named Miasha Williams who was publicly shamed by her mother after bullying some fellow students.

Public shaming must be a trend, because I read this story in yesterday’s online Business Week, “Shame and Shoplifting at Wal-Mart: An Alabama judge’s unusual efforts to discourage store theft highlight the retail giant’s struggle with ‘shrinkage’.”

In Attalla, Alabama, one hour outside Birmingham, a local judge, Kenneth Robertson, has handed out more than 20 public-shaming sentences in lieu of fines or jail time to Wal-Mart shoplifters. This is Lisa King Fithian, who stole a pet playpen and a lava lamp, valued at $26.97:

Well, THANK JESUS. Someone is finally standing up for the little guy. Who else could protect Wal-Mart and its struggling business Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today reported record sales and earnings for the quarter ended Apr. 30, 2007. Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2008 were $85.387 billion, an increase of 8.3 percent over the first quarter of fiscal year 2007. from the shameful thieving masses?

And Wal-Mart’s response to Judge Robertson’s shame sentences?

While the punishment is likely a deterrent to shoplifting, we have communicated with the judge that moving forward, we would prefer that these actions not be completed on store property. We do not oppose the use of wearing the signs, but we think it should take place on public property.

Yeah! Fuck yeah! Justice is served! Take that, sticky fingers!

Read more about Wal-Mart’s shameful business practices when it comes to workers’ wages, employee health care, gender discriminasian, unions, and, sheeit, just about everything else, at wakeupwalmart.com

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