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The thief catcher at Supabarn Civic

loopol 18 April 2012 70

Last night’s ‘A Current Affair’ featured a story about ‘thief catcher’ Shane who has made a name for himself spoting shoplifters in supermarkets. 

The story saw him parked outside Civic’s Superbarn supermarket, where he caught out a number of shoplifters from a variety of walks of life. 


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buzz819 buzz819 4:37 pm 21 Apr 12

Skyring said :

HenryBG said :

I think the intelligence of a police officer is more than enough to respond adequately to the insane gibberish you’ve presented us with.

I dunno. I’ve seen some pretty stupid cops. The web is full of ’em. Like this one.

I like it how Taxi drivers always cry fowl at the drop of a hat, yet they park in all the no parking area’s around Civic, out the front of Gus’ Cafe, Academy, then double park on London Cct, not just one but 6 Taxi’s. Then on top of that they choose to ignore all the no entry signs around the City bus interchange. Start following the rules and people will start respecting taxi ranks.

But yeah, some cops can be dicks, some teaches are dicks, most public servants are wankers, some security staff are over the top, some bar tenders rip you off, some supermarkets are more expensive then others some people on the riot act have clear mental health issues.

I’ve met 3 good taxi drivers though, 3 in Canberra in the last 20 years, I’ve caught quite a few taxi’s as well.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 3:33 pm 21 Apr 12

I’ve seen plenty of stupid taxi drivers too, take your police hate somewhere else

insert miscellaneous video of stupid taxi driver in another country here

Skyring Skyring 9:03 am 21 Apr 12

HenryBG said :

I think the intelligence of a police officer is more than enough to respond adequately to the insane gibberish you’ve presented us with.

I dunno. I’ve seen some pretty stupid cops. The web is full of ’em. Like this one.

chilli chilli 9:45 pm 20 Apr 12

chilli said :

I think the intelligence of a police officer is more than enough to respond adequately to the insane gibberish you’ve presented us with.

If a drug-#$@%ed loon decides to impede police, gets tasered and for reasons of self-inflicted ill-health dies, it isn’t the police’s fault.

I personally would like there to be far *more* police out on the streets tasering rubbish instead of tucked in behind their nice shiny desks munching on donuts all day.

A boy who’s done no one any serious harm is ‘rubbish’ and dies of ‘self-inflicted illhealth’?

What, are you the coroner? He didn’t die of ‘self inflicted ill-health’ – he died because a bunch of over-excited police tasered him to death. And they tasered him because of a report that he allegedly shop-lifted some biscuits. Truly, is that your idea of a proportionate response?

And how does allegedly stealing a packet of biscuits qualify him as ‘rubbish’?

Hmm. First 3 paragraphs of the above is quoting #60 Henry BG. Next 3 paras are my response.

chilli chilli 9:01 pm 20 Apr 12

I think the intelligence of a police officer is more than enough to respond adequately to the insane gibberish you’ve presented us with.

If a drug-#$@%ed loon decides to impede police, gets tasered and for reasons of self-inflicted ill-health dies, it isn’t the police’s fault.

I personally would like there to be far *more* police out on the streets tasering rubbish instead of tucked in behind their nice shiny desks munching on donuts all day.

A boy who’s done no one any serious harm is ‘rubbish’ and dies of ‘self-inflicted illhealth’?

What, are you the coroner? He didn’t die of ‘self inflicted ill-health’ – he died because a bunch of over-excited police tasered him to death. And they tasered him because of a report that he allegedly shop-lifted some biscuits. Truly, is that your idea of a proportionate response?

And how does allegedly stealing a packet of biscuits qualify him as ‘rubbish’?

Dilandach Dilandach 2:14 pm 20 Apr 12

HenryBG said :

They should have just shot her. Worked a treat on that french guy with the knife at Bondi.

What’s a knife wielding maniac to do these days? Can’t even catch a break walking along a beach ranting and raving while threatening self harm and harm to others.

Let’s just hang back and let Stabby McStabs tire himself out slashing up random people.

HenryBG HenryBG 1:59 pm 20 Apr 12

phototext said :

“What a load of total bull sh%t! Police love to inflict as much violence as they possibly can, they love the adrenaline and they love having control. They would not be police officers if they did not.”

What crap!

I lived next door to a schizophrenic for a couple of years (in Sydney) and when she went off her meds she would really lose the plot. At one point, for a period of a couple of months, me and my housemate where having to call the police several times a night. It was very very bad. Despite being assaulted, abused, spat on, things being thrown at them, refusing to comply to any lawful orders or requests every police officer we dealt with and saw interact with her was patient, understanding and professional. Not once, over at least fifty call outs, did any of the officers act violently towards her, the stuff she got away with was amazing.

Sure, there are some dodgy officers out there but from my experience the majority are doing their best at a hard and thankless job.

They should have just shot her. Worked a treat on that french guy with the knife at Bondi.

phototext phototext 1:50 pm 20 Apr 12

“What a load of total bull sh%t! Police love to inflict as much violence as they possibly can, they love the adrenaline and they love having control. They would not be police officers if they did not.”

What crap!

I lived next door to a schizophrenic for a couple of years (in Sydney) and when she went off her meds she would really lose the plot. At one point, for a period of a couple of months, me and my housemate where having to call the police several times a night. It was very very bad. Despite being assaulted, abused, spat on, things being thrown at them, refusing to comply to any lawful orders or requests every police officer we dealt with and saw interact with her was patient, understanding and professional. Not once, over at least fifty call outs, did any of the officers act violently towards her, the stuff she got away with was amazing.

Sure, there are some dodgy officers out there but from my experience the majority are doing their best at a hard and thankless job.

FioBla FioBla 1:46 pm 20 Apr 12

It’s been 2 days, and this ninemsn video still hasn’t loaded.

buzz819 buzz819 1:30 pm 20 Apr 12

HenryBG said :

aceofspades said :

Dilandach said :

aceofspades said :

Dilandach said :

I personally would like there to be far *more* police out on the streets tasering rubbish instead of tucked in behind their nice shiny desks munching on donuts all day.

I doubt that happens that much these days, I mean can you even get Krispy Kreme any more? There’s no point with any other doughnut.

HenryBG HenryBG 1:19 pm 20 Apr 12

aceofspades said :

Dilandach said :

aceofspades said :

Dilandach said :

Except it wasn’t because he stole a packet of biscuits, it was because he ran from the cops due to paranoia from being high on whatever it was he’d taken. If he hadn’t, he would have been free to go after it was established he wasn’t their guy. Saying that he was executed in the street because he stole biscuits is as stupid as comments that come about whenever tasers, pepper spray or even guns. “Oh, they didn’t have to use x, It was only one guy! They could have just overpowered him!”

Feel free at any time to valiantly throw your body infront of a crazy.

What a load of total bull sh%t! Police love to inflict as much violence as they possibly can, they love the adrenaline and they love having control. They would not be police officers if they did not. I have watched as police pull out pepper spray on a 16yo just because he was asking them too many questions and I have seen how well pepper spray induces compliance. I have also known a police officer personally who openly admitted to me that he looked forward to the day he could get to shoot somebody. In this case they had already used pepper spray and you can almost guarantee the suspect was already compliant but the officers involved could not wait to try out their new toys thinking that it would not kill him but be an awful lot of fun. They did not tazer him just once, everybody had to have a turn. It was an execution over a packet of biscuits. If they were not police officers they would be in jail now. You are either a police officer looking after your own or extremely naive.

Up your meds. Then double that.

There you go, you must be a police officer as your rebuttal indicates the intelligence of one.

I think the intelligence of a police officer is more than enough to respond adequately to the insane gibberish you’ve presented us with.

If a drug-#$@%ed loon decides to impede police, gets tasered and for reasons of self-inflicted ill-health dies, it isn’t the police’s fault.

I personally would like there to be far *more* police out on the streets tasering rubbish instead of tucked in behind their nice shiny desks munching on donuts all day.

buzz819 buzz819 12:28 pm 20 Apr 12

aceofspades said :

Dilandach said :

aceofspades said :

Dilandach said :

Except it wasn’t because he stole a packet of biscuits, it was because he ran from the cops due to paranoia from being high on whatever it was he’d taken. If he hadn’t, he would have been free to go after it was established he wasn’t their guy. Saying that he was executed in the street because he stole biscuits is as stupid as comments that come about whenever tasers, pepper spray or even guns. “Oh, they didn’t have to use x, It was only one guy! They could have just overpowered him!”

Feel free at any time to valiantly throw your body infront of a crazy.

What a load of total bull sh%t! Police love to inflict as much violence as they possibly can, they love the adrenaline and they love having control. They would not be police officers if they did not. I have watched as police pull out pepper spray on a 16yo just because he was asking them too many questions and I have seen how well pepper spray induces compliance. I have also known a police officer personally who openly admitted to me that he looked forward to the day he could get to shoot somebody. In this case they had already used pepper spray and you can almost guarantee the suspect was already compliant but the officers involved could not wait to try out their new toys thinking that it would not kill him but be an awful lot of fun. They did not tazer him just once, everybody had to have a turn. It was an execution over a packet of biscuits. If they were not police officers they would be in jail now. You are either a police officer looking after your own or extremely naive.

Up your meds. Then double that.

There you go, you must be a police officer as your rebuttal indicates the intelligence of one.

It actually seemed a lot more intelligent then your rabid rant, just saying is all.

buzz819 buzz819 12:25 pm 20 Apr 12

Dilandach said :

buzz819 said :

How is the shop losing out? The shop lifter was caught and the product was returned to them?

Its mainly from the perspective of discouraging the act in the first place. If copping a $200 is the worst you get at shoplifting, where’s the disincentive to have a go?

What do you think they get in court?

At best a fine, and court fee’s. Show me one case where someone is imprisoned or even given anything more then a good behaviour bond for shop lifting. A punitive, on the spot fine shows more justice for a lot less work.

It is the same as speeding, you don’t want to send every single one of them to court for speeding, how about urinating in public, infringement notice, minor damage or defacing property, infringement notice, drinking in a public place, infringement notice etc.

Stealing a $5 bottle of wine and copping a $200 fine is where the incentive is. If they don’t pay the fine they are locked up on a commitment warrant, that is more then what the court’s will hand out, I guarantee.

aceofspades aceofspades 12:10 pm 20 Apr 12

Dilandach said :

aceofspades said :

Dilandach said :

Except it wasn’t because he stole a packet of biscuits, it was because he ran from the cops due to paranoia from being high on whatever it was he’d taken. If he hadn’t, he would have been free to go after it was established he wasn’t their guy. Saying that he was executed in the street because he stole biscuits is as stupid as comments that come about whenever tasers, pepper spray or even guns. “Oh, they didn’t have to use x, It was only one guy! They could have just overpowered him!”

Feel free at any time to valiantly throw your body infront of a crazy.

What a load of total bull sh%t! Police love to inflict as much violence as they possibly can, they love the adrenaline and they love having control. They would not be police officers if they did not. I have watched as police pull out pepper spray on a 16yo just because he was asking them too many questions and I have seen how well pepper spray induces compliance. I have also known a police officer personally who openly admitted to me that he looked forward to the day he could get to shoot somebody. In this case they had already used pepper spray and you can almost guarantee the suspect was already compliant but the officers involved could not wait to try out their new toys thinking that it would not kill him but be an awful lot of fun. They did not tazer him just once, everybody had to have a turn. It was an execution over a packet of biscuits. If they were not police officers they would be in jail now. You are either a police officer looking after your own or extremely naive.

Up your meds. Then double that.

There you go, you must be a police officer as your rebuttal indicates the intelligence of one.

Dilandach Dilandach 11:50 am 20 Apr 12

Skyring said :

So he was killed for running away from the police?

More accurately he was killed because he was already under the influence of god knows what. Running around, resisting arrest and getting tasered was obviously enough to push his body over the edge it was already sitting on.

Dilandach Dilandach 11:48 am 20 Apr 12

buzz819 said :

How is the shop losing out? The shop lifter was caught and the product was returned to them?

Its mainly from the perspective of discouraging the act in the first place. If copping a $200 is the worst you get at shoplifting, where’s the disincentive to have a go?

Dilandach Dilandach 11:46 am 20 Apr 12

aceofspades said :

Dilandach said :

Except it wasn’t because he stole a packet of biscuits, it was because he ran from the cops due to paranoia from being high on whatever it was he’d taken. If he hadn’t, he would have been free to go after it was established he wasn’t their guy. Saying that he was executed in the street because he stole biscuits is as stupid as comments that come about whenever tasers, pepper spray or even guns. “Oh, they didn’t have to use x, It was only one guy! They could have just overpowered him!”

Feel free at any time to valiantly throw your body infront of a crazy.

What a load of total bull sh%t! Police love to inflict as much violence as they possibly can, they love the adrenaline and they love having control. They would not be police officers if they did not. I have watched as police pull out pepper spray on a 16yo just because he was asking them too many questions and I have seen how well pepper spray induces compliance. I have also known a police officer personally who openly admitted to me that he looked forward to the day he could get to shoot somebody. In this case they had already used pepper spray and you can almost guarantee the suspect was already compliant but the officers involved could not wait to try out their new toys thinking that it would not kill him but be an awful lot of fun. They did not tazer him just once, everybody had to have a turn. It was an execution over a packet of biscuits. If they were not police officers they would be in jail now. You are either a police officer looking after your own or extremely naive.

Up your meds. Then double that.

Skyring Skyring 10:45 am 20 Apr 12

Thanks, loopol. I didn’t see that when it was aired. The Supabarn is my local, as is the Aldi, and I see any number of dodgy characters in there. Students, political staffers and so on. I was initially concerned this bloke was some sort of vigilante, but after viewing the story – and making allowance for whatever editorial decisions were likely made by the producers – it looks like this chap knows what’s what.

He’s street-smart in that he can spot the tricks of the “professional” shoplifters and knows the behaviour of the amateurs. He lets them go through the checkout and then confronts them. He’s got security cameras on him there, he can call for backup instantly, he has very likely reviewed exactly how far he can go under the law without getting into trouble himself. He’s also likely got the security camera footage from inside to back him up as to why their behaviour caught his eye. He knows what he’s doing.

But that’s by the by. What really impressed me is that he dealt with the various cases effectively and compassionately. No mercy for the well-equipped cashed-up professional or the serial offender, but for the small-time cases, he warns them or calls in their parents. It would be so easy – and expensive for the community – to just hand them over to the cops, press charges and have the machine grind them down. Having a criminal record when young can stain your whole life.

I’ll look out for this bloke in future, and no, I won’t try to waste his time by acting needlessly suspicious. Good on him.

buzz819 buzz819 10:38 am 20 Apr 12

aceofspades said :

Dilandach said :

Except it wasn’t because he stole a packet of biscuits, it was because he ran from the cops due to paranoia from being high on whatever it was he’d taken. If he hadn’t, he would have been free to go after it was established he wasn’t their guy. Saying that he was executed in the street because he stole biscuits is as stupid as comments that come about whenever tasers, pepper spray or even guns. “Oh, they didn’t have to use x, It was only one guy! They could have just overpowered him!”

Feel free at any time to valiantly throw your body infront of a crazy.

What a load of total bull sh%t! Police love to inflict as much violence as they possibly can, they love the adrenaline and they love having control. They would not be police officers if they did not. I have watched as police pull out pepper spray on a 16yo just because he was asking them too many questions and I have seen how well pepper spray induces compliance. I have also known a police officer personally who openly admitted to me that he looked forward to the day he could get to shoot somebody. In this case they had already used pepper spray and you can almost guarantee the suspect was already compliant but the officers involved could not wait to try out their new toys thinking that it would not kill him but be an awful lot of fun. They did not tazer him just once, everybody had to have a turn. It was an execution over a packet of biscuits. If they were not police officers they would be in jail now. You are either a police officer looking after your own or extremely naive.

Wow…. Just wow….

Dilandach said :

chilli said :

Police in Sydney recently demonstrated that they think tasering someone (to death) for allegedly stealing a packet of biscuits is ‘reasonable force’. Makes the pseudo-scurity guard look pretty measured ….

Except it wasn’t because he stole a packet of biscuits, it was because he ran from the cops due to paranoia from being high on whatever it was he’d taken. If he hadn’t, he would have been free to go after it was established he wasn’t their guy. Saying that he was executed in the street because he stole biscuits is as stupid as comments that come about whenever tasers, pepper spray or even guns. “Oh, they didn’t have to use x, It was only one guy! They could have just overpowered him!”

Feel free at any time to valiantly throw your body infront of a crazy.

chilli said :

Also agree with Buzz819 comment re dealing with shoplifting with an on-the-spot fine. Why make mountains out of molehills?

Because for someone who uses the shop as their meal ticket, it is a mountain. How is a $200 fine going to help someone’s business suffering from theft to the point where it was endangering their business?

Name and shame with photographs on the front window, a criminal record, compensation to the business and if done more than three times within six months a custodial sentence or a complete halt to any social security payments. All of that should be on the spot. There is never an excuse to steal someone else’s property.

How is the shop losing out? The shop lifter was caught and the product was returned to them?

Skyring Skyring 10:33 am 20 Apr 12

Dilandach said :

chilli said :

Police in Sydney recently demonstrated that they think tasering someone (to death) for allegedly stealing a packet of biscuits is ‘reasonable force’. Makes the pseudo-scurity guard look pretty measured ….

Except it wasn’t because he stole a packet of biscuits, it was because he ran from the cops due to paranoia from being high on whatever it was he’d taken.

So he was killed for running away from the police?

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