Violation of Civil Rights: Calling Someone Never Formally Charged A Thief

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    Violation of Civil Rights: Calling Someone Never Formally Charged A Thief

    Is "putting up pictures in public, calling someone a thief who has never even been formally charged" a violation of their civil rights?


     
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    It might be cause for slander, but I don't see it as a civil rights violation.
     
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    Cause for slander - has to be proven, eh?
     
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    A lot of stores don't prosecute if they get their shit back. Our local liquor store posts the pics of people they catch. I think its a great idea. Public shame is a better deterrent than a slap on the wrist by the courts.

    Bad decision in my opinion.
     
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    Slap on the wrist by the courts? Stop sounding like a nut. What would you ahve the courts do to a petty thief? Cut off their hand? :lol:

    I knew lots of dept stores had the photos in the back room. I believe in shaming as a way of punishment, if the aim is to reform. Otherwise, it is -- gulp -- no better than a slap on the wrist -- in public. I believe demanding ID and snatching it is far beyond the powers of store employees. Call the police. Then settle out of court.
     
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    And ask the thief to patiently wait until the police arrive? Yeah right.

    Most say "hand it over and get the fuck out of here" Very effective.

    The courts cannot handle every petty theft. And they shouldn't have to.
     
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    Exactly. And truth is a defense against slander. That means the store doesn't have to prove you have been found guilty of theft, they just have to prove you are a thief.
     
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    Not at all. If you accept that we have self-ownership, then what we think would have to be an extension of that, and what we think of others would be an extension of that. You have no right to your reputation because your reputation is made up of what other people think of you, and their thoughts are their property.
     
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    I don't know where you came up with the tortured logic through which you arrive at your point here, but you could not be more wrong.

    Let' s use an example. You don't like either of your neighbors, Bill and Marge Gunderson (fictitious names). So you put a big sign up in your front yard that says: "Bill Gunderson is a child molestor and Marge Gunderson is a whore." None of this is true.

    If you think Bill and Marge don't have any right to their reputation, just sit back and see what happens next.

    Hint: It will involve lots of lawyers, lots of litigation and LOTS of money, all of it yours.
     
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    I'm aware of what the law is, but it is my opinion that the law is wrong. And my above post explains why.
     

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