by Max Brantley
Business Week takes a look at efforts by Wal-Mart and other retailers to reduce "shrinkage," or losses to shoplifting and employee theft. In one Alabama town, a judge is sentencing shopliftters to wear sandwich boards saying, "I am a thief. I stole from Wal-Mart."
After initially agreeing to the judge's idea, Wal-Mart has asked that people sentenced to shaming not be made to stand with their signs on Wal-Mart property or that Wal-Mart employees be expected to monitor the convicted shoplifters as they serve their sentence.