by Max Brantley
Wal-Mart is cracking down on youthful shoplifters, though it claims the crackdown is unrelated to a rise in losses through shoplifting and employee theft, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. this week tightened its rules on prosecuting young shoplifters, lowering the age at which it will prosecute and authorizing store managers to call the police if a parent doesn't appear within an hour to retrieve a child.
The policies, which went into effect Monday, now include prosecuting first-time shoplifters as young as 16 years old, compared with the previous limit of 18. The company also will prosecute younger shoplifters whose parents don't quickly respond to a store's call, and children repeatedly caught stealing.