BJ'S BLOG 10/02/13 "Don't Drop A Shoplifter"
“The best defense is a good offense.”
You know that one, America. It’s a time-honored philosophy that applies everywhere from the boardroom to the football field.
I’m from Boston, where we have a long list of philosophical statements. I think it’s fair to say that 75% of those could be boiled down to a basic point:
“If you’re gonna do me wrong, you’d better pray I don’t get you before the cops do.”
Let’s be clear: I don’t advocate violence. I am, however, a very big fan of justice. Sometimes it comes in the courtroom, and other times you can find it being served up fresh, right in the middle of the street.
Rock-A-Holic Joe told us that he found himself on the wrong end of justice when he followed a shoplifter out of his convenience store. Joe didn’t realize that it’s against the law to physically confront a thief, so he didn’t hesitate to bring his escaping shoplifter down to the pavement.
Maybe I’m one of the outlaws who look at this thing sideways, but the equation seems pretty clear to me:
The best defense
(Prevent the creeps from stealing your goods.)
(Feed a shoplifter some sidewalk pie, sending a message to any other fools who think they want to try it. It’s a reverse incentive plan.)
I guess the customer really IS always right, even if they’re taking a five-finger discount. Maybe we could find some sort of middle ground...like allowing business owners to throw a neck-punch on a thief, as long as they post a large, clearly visible sign that warns them it could happen.
After all, we can’t deny a criminal his rights.
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