NUDE TRAFFIC COPS AND OTHER BRIL­LIANT IDEAS

Seven clever—no, BRIL­LIANT!— fixes to some truly vex­ing prob­lems

Reader's Digest International - - Front Page - BY ANDY SIMMONS

FOR SHE’S A JOLLY GOOD STEALER!

Here’s the prob­lem: A Dutch depart­ment store had suf­fered count­less petty thefts, but threats of ar­rest didn’t de­ter the shoplifters.

Why didn’t I think of that?! The store switched to a more painful de­ter­rent: public sham­ing.

The man­age­ment hired a march­ing band, bought flow­ers, and made signs cel­e­brat­ing a “10,000th shoplifter.” Then, when se­cu­rity spot­ted a woman on the in-store cam­eras nick­ing some clothes, em­ploy­ees de­scended on her, ju­bi­lantly salut­ing her lightfin­gered ways. The em­bar­rassed woman stood stunned amid the fra­cas. Then she pulled the party hat off her head, took a piece of “10,000th shoplifter” cake, and made her es­cape, the band in hot pur­suit.

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