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Mon, Feb 4 | By Matt Van Hoven | 1195

BATAVIA, N.Y. - Charlie Smith made a mistake. To atone for stealing from Pet Mart, store management came up with a unique solution. Charlie recently stole a box of anti-flea medication valued at $18. He took the medicine from Pet Mart i… more ›

Thief Pays Debt Thru Public Humiliation
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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
4 years ago

A very creative solution.

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Barbara R.
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Barbara R.
5 years ago

Although I sometimes think this is a fantastic idea and there's nothing I enjoy more than when Judge Judy puts someone in their place on national television, I wonder why this guy stole this $18 item. Perhaps he really doesn't have the money...perhaps he is out of work...perhaps he's loosing his home...yet he wants to keep his pet safe. In times like these, we have to look at the cause and try to cut people slack...maybe I'm wrong.

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Sharon  W.
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Sharon W.
5 years ago

Let's do more of this. It get's the perp out in public for a little humiliation and it puts the business name out in front of customers ... nice.

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Cindi K.
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Cindi K.
5 years ago

nice punishment

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Thorb
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Thorb
5 years ago

very humiliating and a good punishment for something relatively minor but still serious

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Jackie L.
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Jackie L.
5 years ago

Shame and public humiliation used to be used by early colonists for punishment. I'm not sure if people even feel shame anymore for anything they do, but I like the idea. I do hope this guys dog got his flea treatment legally.

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

Sometimes the humiliation has to be put back in as a consequence of a malfeasance. This is far from cruel and unusual. I'm for it.

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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

A thief is a thief...but they are good job security for my son.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

I think this was better justice.

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LilyK
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LilyK
5 years ago

An interesting way to pay for the crime but is the picture with the story an actual picture of the person? If so, he got off pretty easily since it appears as if the thief was allowed to hid his appearance.

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

Well that's certainly an unusual way to punish a crime.

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Rick
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Rick
5 years ago

That is hilarious!

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Deegee2530
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Deegee2530
5 years ago

I think for certain crimes this is a great way to deal with it. Hopefully it was a lesson learned.

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Ann G.
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Ann G.
5 years ago

I just hope he learns his lesson, either way. At least it sounds like he was trying to take care of his pets!

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

It is better than sending him to jail, but someone should ask him why he stole the flea medicine in the first place.

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Shelbycars
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Shelbycars
5 years ago

charles smith stole the medicine while buying a 35 dollar bag of dog food in December.Petmart sells a 13 dollar bag of 35 max Natural dog food. He also stole flea medicine in December. Fleas are gone in western NY end of November. At the time he stole the medicine it was 8 degrees out. America dont feel sorry for this man. Lets feel sorry for ourselves, it is you and me that that pay the price for thieves.

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Shanna T.
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Shanna T.
6 years ago

This would definitely deter me from stealing from Pet Mart.

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Alexis93
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Alexis93
6 years ago

Original idea

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

I think the punishment was justified. Maybe if other people see him, it will deter someone else from stealing. After all, if he goes to jail, people don't necessarily know about it. But by having to walk with a sign like that, they will know and maybe think twice. As far as what he stole, maybe he didn't have the money and his dog really needs the treatment.

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Jill D.
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Jill D.
6 years ago

I suppose the punishment was adequate. My question is, did he really need the flea medication? If so, did his dog end up receiving the medication or is he/she destined to a summer of flea infestation?

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Gretchen B.
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Gretchen B.
6 years ago

He must have a seriuos flea problem.... or some other serious problem.

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Nancy  H.
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Nancy H.
6 years ago

I agree that the public humiliation might stick with the man more than jail time but who knows? He seemed very anxious to choose that option over jail...and I don't think he will have that choice the next time!

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ashley G.
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ashley G.
6 years ago

I think more people should have to do things like this,then maybe they wont do it again!The owner had a good idea!

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Penelope P.
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Penelope P.
6 years ago

I think that it is a good idea for them to show a little humilty. In some states they make you do that for driving drunk.

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tracey c.
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tracey c.
6 years ago

I'm not sure about this. I worked at Sears out of school, and you develop a lot of resentment at people who think stealing from a store isn't a real crime. I hope his pet is ok though!

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

I think this is a good way to slow stealing. However, if we did something like that here
(say at Wal-Mart) there would probably be a whole parade of teens circling the building. It's really bad here and it seems the kids are just turned over to Mom and Pop and nothing more is done.

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Satana H.
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Satana H.
6 years ago

I fully believe in these types of punishment. It should be used more often.

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B P.
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B P.
6 years ago

I think this was a clever solution. Even if it doesn't deter this man from stealing again, he and his sign were seen by many others who will no doubt think twice before shoplifting.

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Heather
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Heather
6 years ago

such a disturbing "solution"

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Chrissy
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Chrissy
6 years ago

I heard something like this before a lady did that with her child who got caught stealing.

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Alex J.
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Alex J.
6 years ago

Why would people do that.I would go to the vet and tell ur sichuation.

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Susan H.
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Susan H.
6 years ago

Great punishment. Should have made him clean cat cages at the store or something, also! Had his face hidden by the hood. Kind of a cop out (no pun intended).

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Janetfinegan
6 years ago

Good idea. Also for animal abusers. I think they should be required to register as animal abusers and also be tatooted and have a special license plate proclaiming that they are the scum of the earth.

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

Clever punishment

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Linda
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Linda
6 years ago

Jails are over crowded as it is. I think this should be the standard punishment for teens. This is perfect for first time offenders of any age. The fact that teenagers may be given the sentence of humiliation may deter them from thinking of stealing. Teens get off easy these days with crime. This is a perfect punishment for those who care about peer pressure or are exempt from the laws!

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LynnLucyDoris
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LynnLucyDoris
6 years ago

I think he should not have been allowed to keep his hood up. He should have been made to show his face. Other than that...good idea. By the way, who was the flea stuff for...him???

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Sandra P.
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Sandra P.
6 years ago

I love it!! More stores should do this- hopefully he will learn his lesson.

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

No hood next time.

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Cindy Q.
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Cindy Q.
6 years ago

Humiliation is really bad for some people and the lesson is more likely to stick

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TimDemp30
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TimDemp30
6 years ago

I am all for it. This may be able to prevent future shoplifters from considering it. It's much more embarrassing than simply paying a fine.

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kristie n.
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kristie n.
6 years ago

great idea i hope he really learned a lesson

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Leslie  P.
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Leslie P.
6 years ago

Original idea!

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

It didn't count if he hid his face the whole time (although that may only have been for the camera).

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

By the looks of the photo, he was humiliated!!!!!!!!! Hope his pets didn't suffer too much!

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Cindy M.
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Cindy M.
6 years ago

Hope it works.

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

why can't we see his face? He shouldn't have been able to hide his face

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Annemarie S.
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Annemarie S.
6 years ago

I hope there was a local humane society that helped him get the flea medication legally!

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
6 years ago

A little humility never hurt anyone. Surely seeing someone walk around with a sign like that hanging on them would make the next guy think twice. Hopefully!!

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Bushue
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Bushue
6 years ago

What a creative idea that serves the needs of both parties!

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Adriana  C.
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Adriana C.
6 years ago

This is a strange type of punishment. Some people don't really care if they're "publicly humiliated." Honestly, I don't think this was a good enough punishment.

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