Magazine article Security Management

International Judicial Decisions

Magazine article Security Management

International Judicial Decisions

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Shoplifting. A Canadian court has ruled that a retail store can collect compensatory and punitive damages from a shoplifter to recoup money spent in preventing shrinkage and apprehending thieves. The court noted that while many companies have sought to recover damages based on the loss of inventory, this case seeks damages due to the cost of security procedures made necessary by repeat offenders.

On November 17, 2000, Mario Guay entered a Safeway store in Alberta, Canada, and stole 20 CDs and DVDs. On October 21, 20001, Guay went back to the same store and shoplifted 12 CDs and DVDs. On both occasions, Guay was apprehended and the items were recovered. Guay also received criminal convictions and served jail time for both incidents.

Safeway then sued Guay for compensatory and punitive damages arising from the shoplifting incidents. The company argued that the defendant should pay for his contribution to the shrinkage of its inventory.

The plaintiff provided evidence of its surveillance costs, its loss prevention program, and the magnitude of its shoplifting losses. …

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