A man suspected of shoplifting a pair of DVD players from a Georgia Walmart was found by police bleeding and unresponsive in the store’s parking lot Sunday after being detained by two store employees and a security officer.
According to the preliminary police investigation, the security guard had put the suspected shoplifter in a “choke hold” before police arrived.
The official cause of death has not yet been released, so it would be premature to assume any rough handling by store employees directly contributed to his demise.
But Walmart was quick to respond by expressing the blatantly obvious: “No amount of merchandise is worth someone’s life,” spokesperson Dianna Gee said in a statement Sunday.
Regardless of what the police finally determine in the case, we can glean several important lessons:
1. Shoplifting is always a bad idea, especially at Walmart — the retail overlord that seems to have more overhead security cameras per square foot than two-gallon tubs of budget brand mayonnaise.
2. Apparently, Walmart has more muscle on staff than just the kindly, geriatric greeters wearing blue vests at the front door.
3. DVD players are dirt cheap these days, especially at Walmart. You can afford to buy one, even if you work a low-paying job at a big box store or something.