A woman was ordered by a judge to hold a sign telling the world she stole from a local merchant as part of her punishment.
Deputies say 21-year-old Tia Grissett and 23-year-old Isaac Simmons attempted to steal two air purifiers from a Wal-Mart Supercenter located at 14500 S. U.S. HWY 301 in April.
A Loss Prevention officer noticed Grissett and Simmons loading two boxes of new air purifiers into their vehicle. The officer asked them if they had a receipt for the items. They told the officer they did not have a receipt because they were attempting to return the items, according a report from the Starke Police Department.
Surveillance video was the ultimate arbiter. The pair of thieves was arrested and each was charged with larceny. The total value of the merchandise was more than $300.
Grissett pleaded guilty. Grissett was sentenced to 18 months’ probation and, of course, the requirement that she hold aloft in public the sign shown below. (The article does not specify the specific terms of the arrangement, nor does it provide any details of the fate of Simmons.)
The story calls to mind a similar incident that I reported on at Hot Air in 2012 regarding a Fort Wayne mother whose 14-year-old son was habitually in trouble. The video tells the rest:
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