Aziz Ahmad, who runs AZ Phones on Peel Street, said he has been targeted by shoplifters
four times in the last two years, and welcomed the new tactic.
In fact, this past December, four Home Depot employees in Florida were fired for their attempts to stop a shoplifter
, as it is against Home Depot's store policy.
And over the years the shoplifters
get to know me and they get to know my staff and some don't bother coming in now.
And these shoplifters
report being caught an average of only once every 48 times.
About 80 per cent of the crimes in the shopping centre are perpetrated by 20 per cent of the shoplifters
," he said.
Mind you, you had to laugh at some of stupid things the shoplifters
came out with when caught red-handed.
A spokesman for the British Retail Consortium said: "This incident illustrates the need for tougher penalties for shoplifters
, particularly repeat offenders.
One a per-case average, dishonest employees steal a little more than seven times the amount stolen by shoplifters
Danish Trade and Services, a trade interest organisation, has reportedly estimated that shoplifters
steal goods worth DKK2.
Peer pressure is a major factor, and the program points out that just being with a shoplifter
makes a person an accomplice.
In another case, the incident report noted that the shoplifter
stole "assorted" items.
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