Retailers Run Private Shoplifter Justice Systems

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http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/17/nyregion/17MACY.html At Macy's department store in Manhattan, shoplifting suspects are body-searched, photographed, and handcuffed to a long steel bench in a room containing two chain-link holding cells, the New York Times reports. Their Social Security numbers are punched into a national database, and they are turned over to the police or they are freed . . .

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