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Published: Friday, Nov. 25 2011 3:10 p.m. MST

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Utah Girl
Vernal, UT

This is one reason I do not go shopping during the early, mad Christmas shopping rush. People are rude and pushy, and don't care who they step on, such as this man's little grandson. I was not there, but I find it entirely believable that he was not trying to steal anything, but was trying to help his grandson. A few years ago I worked at a local grocery store, and when we saw people attempting to conceal goods, we were instructed to watch them, but we could not do anything until they left the store. Then it was a crime, and store personnel were able to confront the shoplifters right at the door. I think the officers should have just observed until they could correctly determine if the intent was to shoplift, or as the man has said, help his grandson who had been trampled by other shoppers. His waistband was probably the first handy place he could think of.

pharmacist
South Jordan, UT

Just another reason among many not to shop walmart

SittingReading
Sandy, UT

Video games are not soft objects. If someone shoves one into their waistband, they aren't going to forget about it. The game would stick quite noticeably into their own body. With that being said, the Cops didn't just jump the guy. An employee noticed and then tracked down officers who then approached the man. I don't imagine they just pulled out cuffs and put them on him. There was probably some questioning going on.

They were on video. It sounds like this guy just tried to steal the case and panicked when he was caught. Instead of being a good example, he tried to play tough and hit his head rather hard. Lesson learned? Probably not. But sure, lets blame the retailer and cops instead of the guy being stupid.

101Ways
Taylorsville, UT

Intentional theft does have some doubts here as they were still in the store and the law does state that arrest can't be made until after they leave the store premises. In this case, the officers seem to be unjustified by their actions and any one defending themselves from harassment has the right contrary to resisting arrest with no evidence of a crime. I have objection to defending ones self from beatings and assault as resisting arrest, that is clear self defense, even if the assault is by law enforcement. An unarmed civilian cannot be considered a threat to police.

As for intentional theft, I have no pity and complete contempt to destroy their lives. Theft is worse than murder and killing people. Killing someone ends their suffering and pain, however, theft is a lifetime of victimization and terror. Thieves deserve a fate worse than death, pain and loss of limbs with a lifetime of ridicule.

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