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Old 02-05-2015, 12:05 AM
 
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Now this is a good story, makes me feel that there's still some hope.

Police officer pays for stolen goods after refusing to arrest grandmother for shoplifting
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:42 AM
 
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That is a nice story. Can't believe Dollar General called the cops over a carton of eggs.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Great story.

But you know I would bet that any cop that showed up after being called and see with their own eyes that a few items were stolen (food), would probably pay for it and not arrest the person. It's stupid to arrest someone because they stole some damn eggs. The mgr shouldn't have called the cops unless this person made it a habit of stealing or something and you wanted to teach them a lesson but I'm sure something could have been worked out. Like pay them a few dollars a day to sweep up or pick up the trash around the store.

Reminds me of what I witnessed a long time ago when I was a kid. I was at the grocery store with my mom and as we were about to exit our car, we saw this lady running from the store and a guy was chasing her who I assume was a clerk or the store mgr. He caught up with her and a couple of canned goods fell out of her clothes. She must have stolen some food to feed her kids. I'm not sure if they called the cops but hopefully they let her go. Seeing how that lady was tackled and the food falling out of her clothes really made me sad.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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And here I thought this was going to be another 40-year old grandmother. Well, I wasn't that far off.

Every state provides assistance for those in need, and more when children are involved. That is the route she shouldvhave taken. Letting her think that stealing anything is acceptable solves nothing.

And BTW, the store manager was not the one who did the wrong thing.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:50 AM
 
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That is a nice story. Can't believe Dollar General called the cops over a carton of eggs.

I am with you here, ocnjgirl.
I would of put the money in the till and let the lady have her eggs and called it a day.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:25 AM
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And here I thought this was going to be another 40-year old grandmother. Well, I wasn't that far off.

Every state provides assistance for those in need, and more when children are involved. That is the route she shouldvhave taken. Letting her think that stealing anything is acceptable solves nothing.

And BTW, the store manager was not the one who did the wrong thing.
So, which was the better lesson/outcome for this particular case and the bigger question "what is justice in this case?" A lady who's trying to take care of a child being shown compassion/caring AND having someone responsible help point her to resources or, the same lady being hauled off to jail, losing said child to "the system" and being further pounded into the ground?

I'd say the store did nothing wrong, it's not their job to deal with people who are in trouble and (in todays climate) sends the wrong message to others if they just let it go.
Thankfully the lady got a good cop when one was called.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:55 AM
 
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I am with you here, ocnjgirl.
I would of put the money in the till and let the lady have her eggs and called it a day.
And when she comes back 2 days later to take more food? Then two days after that, shows up again for even more food? Where do you draw the line?
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:16 AM
 
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I am with you here, ocnjgirl.
I would of put the money in the till and let the lady have her eggs and called it a day.
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And when she comes back 2 days later to take more food? Then two days after that, shows up again for even more food? Where do you draw the line?
Who says she is or will?

Listen, maybe she was down and out, maybe she is starving, maybe her SS check was late?
Maybe she is a clepto?

If a pattern comes about at this store, than I can see what you are saying.


I myself would help her pay for the eggs.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:35 PM
 
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If you know any Police officers they will tell you that often older women who steal food are doing so that they or spouse can buy the drugs they need. You can't steal prescriptions. In this case even if the merchant insist Police often do not arrest but send the case to prosecutors with their opinion as professionals what the intent was . Happens thousands of time daily .But in this black and white( not used as racial tem for those who might think so) society with strict PC procedures; we are seeing that more and more not allowed because someone may object.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:59 PM
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Johnson, who lives in a home with her two daughters, a niece and two grandchildren
Four grown women and they can't afford a dozen eggs? Sounds like a house full of welfare queens created by a Socialist State.
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