Quite bizarrely the type of reaction I predicted has come about, but not in the comments section after Rodney's column.
In this mornings DomPost Jane Bowron also writes about her experience in witnessing shop-lifting from her local supermarket. There must be a lot of it going on . Here is an excerpt from her column,
The gap between rich and poor is widening and with the long term stagnation of wages, theft for some is a desperate option while for organised habitual offenders, it's simply what they do for a job.
But Bowron isn't just an apologist for the victims of inequality. She even sympathizes with the second group.
The latter are relatively small-scale operators trying to make a buck, while corporate theft is allowed to go unchecked, is lauded and treated as a swaggering success story.
And earlier in her piece she refers to the "hugely profitable" status of the supermarket being ripped off, as though that also somehow balances the books.
But just as her defence of thieves is muddle-headed, so is the column in its entirety, the conclusion being citizens should arrest these offenders.
If we could just get over our apathy and take the global citizen's arrest principle wider, we might strike a blow against the empire of our own apathy.
Why suggest that joe public should pursue and apprehend an individual who has just been painted as some sort of latter-day Robin Hood?