The California Retailer’s Association reminds its members that lives count more than merchandise. As for a recommendation on what actions merchants should take against shoplifters or thieves, it’s up to them.
“It’s a company-by-company decision,” Michelin said.
She said she has been trying to persuade reluctant state lawmakers to pass tougher laws to dissuade thieves and shoplifters and encourage prosecutors to crack down.
“I don’t want to see this level of violence increase,” she said. “It’s preventable if we’re willing to have this conversation.”