Punishment: a badge of honour

Click to see ‘Punishment: a badge of honour’ in a variety of different sizesLisa King Fithian of Alabama must wear this ‘I stole from Wal-Mart’ sign for a couple of Saturdays as a humiliating punishment.

I reckon justice should be seen to be done but this looks like a silly, doomed to fail, attempt to return to the stocks. When I saw the photo I assumed Lisa King Fithian to be one of those anti-capitalism protestors on a lone vigil against the world’s largest retailer.

And I’m not the only one. If Tim Dowling of the Guardian’s idea takes off, she’ll be surrounded by real anti-Wal-Mart protestors who will no doubt radicalise her and leave her feeling really good about her crime.

This is what happens when you stick labels on people; before long they claim them as badges of honour.

This posted via mobile via Flickr. Click the pic to see it large (there’s an ‘all-sizes’ tab for really large).

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