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Swedish store slammed for Facebook 'thief' pic

The Local · 29 Mar 2013, 08:15

Published: 29 Mar 2013 08:15 GMT+01:00

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The Facebook post on Thursday immediately began attracting comments, including several of a racist nature, according to a report in the Aftonbladet daily.

Several others pointed out the dubious legality of publishing the surveillance camera material and The Association of ICA-retailers (Ica-handlarnas Förbund) condemned the move.

"It is highly inappropriate and nothing that we would support. Regardless of whether it is illegal or not it is not appropriate to do so under the Ica brand," said Staffan Ekengren at the association to the newspaper.

"This is definitely something we will look into," he added.

But not all of the reactions to the Facebook post have been negative however with several supporting the unorthodox move to shame the suspected thief.

A police report was however filed against the store owner on Thursday night and The Association of ICA-retailers has instructed them to remove the photo from their Facebook page.

The offending photo was duly removed later on Thursday evening.

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11:06 March 29, 2013 by Mb 65
Every customer pays for this shop lifting it is all built into the price. As usual it will take the swedes a long time to see it.
11:15 March 29, 2013 by riose
If they had the name of the thief, why didn't they go straight to the police?
11:38 March 29, 2013 by thomas59

They didnt have the name - only a photo from the security cam
11:38 March 29, 2013 by Svensksmith
The police have the picture...will they be able to catch the thief?
12:34 March 29, 2013 by Borilla
History suggests that the police will be unable to find the thief and probably not even bother to look for him and that if he were to turn himself in and confess the courts would not punish him. One can not fault Ica for trying to shame the thief but such people are not ordinarily easily shamed. This is just another exercise in futility with the finger of blame being pointed at the wrong people.
12:48 March 29, 2013 by recklessrashid
The headline says very dramatically that the store was slammed, but from reading the very brief article it seems that the store slammed itself. It was headquarters calling out the store. Where's the story? It seems like the Local uses a lot of dramatic headlines but then the stories are duds. Do others notice this? Besides, what's wrong with putting up the video? I don't get it.
14:04 March 29, 2013 by Russ Cobleigh
he is a thief, he gets put on facebook?! so what! He is a thief!
14:06 March 29, 2013 by Abe L
Such actions are the result of an incompetent police force that prefers to spend it's time writing speeding tickets then dealing with real crime, such as shoplifting. We've seen similar cases in other civilized western European countries where the police are just an enormous waste of public money. These are the type of criminals the tax payer suffers from and that need to be put to justice!
15:16 March 29, 2013 by saminouch
It shows that Swedes can have a good sense of humour!
18:30 March 29, 2013 by johan rebel
Unorthodox move? Only in Sweden, the world capital of orthodox political correctness.
18:41 March 29, 2013 by ajs42548
First, what's the point in having a camera if you can't use it to catch thieves? Secondly, if you are in a public place, you have no right to expect privacy. Thirdly, shouldn't the police arrest the thief instead of punishing the victim?

And I thought we were soft on criminals here in the states.
09:40 March 30, 2013 by irridium
easy way around this PC mess. They should have just uploaded the video to liveleak or a similar site. Then they could have a much bigger audience without having to worry about corporate image....
11:38 March 30, 2013 by Iraniboy
I think the problem is NOT ICA's primary action of posting the picture rather lose control over people's racist comments.
11:46 March 30, 2013 by robban70226
Well done ICA wish ALL the stores do the same and show the reality!!!!
14:21 March 30, 2013 by juicyjuice
#13 - if you are right and I bet you are, why doesn't the Local step up and "slam" itself over the variety or racist crap that shows up here, including a lot of the anti-Swedish racist stuff.
17:22 March 30, 2013 by Rey Stockholm
Why is showing a thief being racist
19:37 March 31, 2013 by Iraniboy
@ juicyjuice

I think they often do but usually after some hours and delays. I think if you have comment sections open like here or in the ICA facebook pages then you are responsible to remove any comment violating the laws including racist comments. Facebook itself has a complaint option but it is too lousy and incompatible with Swedish laws and standards.
07:35 April 1, 2013 by Reason and Realism
Racist act ONLY if the store has tons of theft videos but then exclusively shows videos of thieves having ethnic features that are atypical of the majority of native Swedes.

This is yet another example of the victim being further victimized by a government and society (ICA head offfice) that absurdly glorifies the rights of criminals, and that shields them of any reasonable consequences of their criminal acts.
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