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Retailers Falsely Accuse Shoplifters

The way large retailers aim to get money back from shoplifting -- a problem "costing stores more than $17 billion a year" -- seems less than kosher, according to The New York Times. "[M]any companies employ aggressive legal tactics and take advantage of loosely written state laws, pushing for restitution even when people have not been convicted of wrongdoing." The article cites several instances of seemingly false accusations. "The most powerful company in the world [-- Walmart -- ] called me a thief,” notes one source “I was terrified.”

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