Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Use your imagination

From the New York Post

"May 8, 2007 -- Lisa King Fithian is a walking billboard against shoplifting as she parades in front of a Wal-Mart in Attalla, Ala. - her penalty for stealing. A judge ordered her and another shoplifter to stand outside the store wearing the sign for four hours for two successive Saturdays to avoid serving 60 days in jail."
Presumably the shoplifters had a choice in this matter, but I can't help wondering if public humiliation is more effective than jail time.
Of course, it wouldn't work if they'd stolen from a smaller business or from a charitable organization, they'd probably get stuff thrown at them.
And if it were something like drug dealing, they'd probably just get more business.


Jason Hesiak said...

This is funny. You have a penchant for funniness, I see. Your next post is funny, too.

Melody said...

Life's too short to be serious.

Jonathan Erdman said...

Hhhmmmm....what do we think about putting people in stocks and subjecting them to public humiliation? I'm all for that.

"I am Paris Hilton. I flaunt the law and have no sense of decency."

"I was an Enron exec. I do whatever I can to screw others and advance myself."

Yea, I think that might work.

"I am Michael Jackson...." Ok, I'm not going there....

Melody said...

lol, absolutely. The government really shouldn't neglect the traditional methods of punishment that our forefathers handed down to us. ;)

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