Staten Island Mall Fights Shoplifting With Shoplifter Photos

NEW YORK (AP) — The Staten Island Mall is displaying digital billboard ads featuring the mug shots of shoplifters.

The Staten Island Advance says one of the offenders has been arrested 138 times under several names. She’s been convicted 66 times — and banned from the mall for life.

District Attorney Daniel Donovan says the mug shots are intended as a deterrent.

The mall’s senior general manager, James M. Easley, says he’s seen customers point to the billboard and tell their children: “You don’t want to be that guy.”

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  • Ann Mason

    The article suggests the booking photos are of people who have been convicted. I hope that’s true. I once did volunteer work in a store where we received pictures of alleged shoplifters taken in another store. No details. We were supposed to assume they were guilty because that was what we were told. It looked like the basis for one heck of a lawsuit to me.

  • Michael Moore

    Rather see Wall Street and political criminals up there. How’s that for sounding off in the comment section?

  • nathan

    I don’t think they can legally post my picture without my permission.

  • Very conservative

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • bullett

    How can one have a shoplifter who’s been arrested and convicted 66+ times and still be allowed into a mall. One would think that after the third or fourth time would be sufficient enough to ban such a person.
    While their at it, can they post political thieves who steal from taxpayers?

  • Esmerelda

    Sounds like a good idea.
    Now if they only did that for the bicyclists zipping the wrong way,
    going through red lights, getting in between cars, coming at cars
    from all angles endagering everyone, riding on sidewalks, being
    in the bus lane, riding 2-3 in a row, riding in the middle of the street,
    for running people over, and for not being in the bike lane, which is usually empty.

    • Emmie

      You are so right!

  • Richard

    What the hell is happening to our judicial system when someone can be arrested so many times? A couple of hundred years ago a person was executed for forging a check; Samuel Johnson argued vainly to save his life on logical grounds that if a person were executed for forging there was no constraint on murder too, since the penalty would be the same). Obviously we can’t execute folk today for forging checks or shoplifting but surely a system that allows so many offenses has a problem. One would think 3 strikes and you’re out. Not merely out of the store either.

  • lu

    THAT’S GREAT. To bad they couldn’t have the same for driver’s double parking in bike lanes and jay walkers.

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