“You” are supposed to arrest people and punish them, we’re told. But who’s the “you”? That’s not something CVS can do. CVS is stuck with limited options, and it’s doing something within its power. Is it supposed to stop so that things can be stolen because that creates the opportunity to arrest people and punish them? Actually, the WaPo Editorial Board is not recommending arresting all shoplifters — only “ringleaders” and maybe people who “steal 10 or more times in a 30-day period.” But CVS ought to reload its shelves and give free rein to those who avoid organized crime and who avoid getting caught more than twice a week.”
It’s hard for journalists to confront reality.