Store owner posts pictures of shoplifters on Facebook

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The signs of a surveillance camera are in most clothing stores, yet shoplifters ignore them.

Daniel James is the owner of Las Olas a clothing store in downtown Charleston. He said his store averages about two to five shoplifters a year since they opened five years ago. James said he does not get repeat offenders and he credits Facebook for that.

"It's pretty much the largest social media cast net that you can capture thieves with you'd be surprised how many people get caught using Facebook by the police," James said.

Shoplifters end up behind bars then on the Las Olas Facebook page in handcuffs.

James said within minutes of posting the pictures to the store's 5,000-plus Facebook friends, he gets more information about the thief than what he needs.

"I've checked with our lawyer and as soon as they are prosecuted it is public information. We are allowed to you know shame them publicly," James said.

James said he did not create the Facebook page with the intention of posting pictures of shoplifters, but he said it is working to his benefit. Most Las Olas customers agree with the public shaming.

"Obviously there are thousands of people on Facebook looking at those photos if you can catch the people doing wrong why not," said shopper Alice Keeney.

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