The “Director of Community Relations” at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, said people who steal from Walmart, Target, and other big box stores shouldn’t be prosecuted because they are just spreading the wealth around on a freelance basis.
“I just don’t think they should be prosecuting cases for people who steal from Wal-Mart. I don’t think that. I don’t think that Target, and all them other places – the big boxes that have insurance – they should be using the people that steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police behavior.”
After being called into account, he said that his statement that shoplifters shouldn’t be prosecuted was taken out of context and what he really meant was … shoplifters shouldn’t be prosecuted.
“As it relates to misdemeanor offenses themselves, I believe the community should explore a restorative justice model in which non-violent offenders between the ages of 17 to 25 perform community service.”
How is this “restorative justice” and “community service” is supposed to take place without the involvement of law enforcement? The Director of Community Relations says this should be left up to the communities in which these stores are located to decide what is acceptable. So, if a majority of people in a community are okay with shoplifting, then it just sucks to be you, Wally World.