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Are we citizens not allowed to protect our livelihood?

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Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:00 am

Recently there've been a few letters to the editor about shooting someone over stealing a case of beer. This same liberal society who believes it's OK to steal a case of beer is the same group who thinks it's OK to kill a baby in the womb — under the guise that it's her body, it is her choice. Well, why can't she be a prostitute? It's her body, it's her choice.

I worked for and managed a store for 30-plus years. I was responsible for everything that went on inside those four walls. Theft is part of the category called "shrinkage." Most of our stores ran over 3 percent. That 3 percent theft was a larger figure than most profit percentages. If the managers didn't make budget, including shrinkage percentages, we were docked on a potential bonus. And if that figure remained over budget for two to three inventories, you could be fired.

Retailers are breadwinners. If someone is taking food off your table, what would you do? As the owner, I don't blame the guy for shooting the beer thief.

Theft at retail stores is no big deal to this liberal society. Cops in Stockton took 8 hours to respond to our Wilson Way store. My store was on Pacific Avenue, and it was county, so the Sheriff responded in usually less than one hour. One day a young woman was caught in my store shoplifting. She had just been cited by the Stockton P.D. for shoplifting at a shop in Hammer Ranch. Now she was getting her second ticket of the day. No jail. When she goes before the judge, he will slap her hands and send her on her way to steal again, and again.

Try stealing from a bank and see what happens. What is the difference? Oh, it is just a case of beer. Try stealing $20 from the bank and see what happens.

Retailing is a way of life for a lot of people. When someone threatens your living, by stealing, I think we have the right to protect our way of living. If you don't want to get shot, don't steal. Simple idea, don't you think?

Dennis Vetica


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