A woman caught shoplifting was punished by being forced to strip in public. The story, accompanied by photos of the half-naked crying woman, has divided netizens in a debate over the appropriateness of such a punishment.
Around 13:40 on Nov 11, in a clothes store of Wenling City, Zhejiang Province, a customer left his bag in the store while trying on clothes in dressing room, a 40-year-old woman put his hand into the bag to steal something but did not succeed, her theft act was found by customers.
The women thief grabbed the bag and tried to run, but were immediately surrounded by angry customers. Angry customers ripped women’s top clothes off. The woman stood there with upper body naked, many people gathered around, and the woman tried to put hands over her chest and cried on the spot.
Netizens have different views. Some think it is wrong to steal but everyone has his own dignity, pulling down the thief’s clothes has gone too far, but some insist that the thief deserves a harsh punishment.
Early this year, a similar thing had happened in Zhejiang Province. A female thief was caught pickpocketing in the city of Taizhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province. Instead of calling the police right away, people at the scene ripped off her top shirt and bra and wrote “I am a thief” on the back and physically assaulted her.