After catching a shoplifter in the clothing market in Wenzhou city, this shop keeper humiliated her in a way that would put tarring and feathering to shame, according to News 163.
To vent her anger, after catching the thief, she put a sign on the thief’s neck reading “I am the thief, I need to be beaten” and forced her to kneel down and admit her crime. The thief was eventually taken away by the police. The shop keep wrote the character “thief” incorrectly, neglecting to write the complete word for thief (偷). The incident was captured by onlookers who snapped pictures and later posted them on Weibo accounts.
It even had netizens wincing:
“There is hardly any way to stop stealing. No wonder the shop keeper punished the thief in her own way but her actions are also against the law.” web user 空亦空 said.
屠龙术 wrote, “The crime of the shop keeper is even worse than the thief. She should be subject to lawful punishment.”
“Oh, this is overdone. It’s ok to get the police to catch the thief but why taking the pictures and posting them online? It’s so humiliating!” said an anonymous Beijing user.
By Lucy Liu
[images via News 163 ]