A large retail company has apllied for planning permission to buildÂ several sets of wooden stocks to erect outside the main entrances to several of their stores in the United Kingdom in order to punish shop lifters.
Anyone caught stealing from any of their super stores will have the option of either being taken directly to the police station to be dealt with or being secured into the stocks, barefoot for a day. A sign next to the stocks reads, “I am a shoplifter please tickle my feet and punish me. There will also be a good supplyÂ of tickling implements.
A spokesman for the store, Lord Sanders, says he has the approval of local police and quotes Jim Desney, chief of police for the Liverpool area as saying, ” Anything that lightens our work load that can be supplied byÂ companies is indeed welcomed by us.”
However, several councilors and two MP’s across the UK have called the measures draconian and humiliating especially as most of the shoplifters, it is estimated will be women. Lord Sanders has pointed out that no person under the age of 18 will be given the “Stocked and tickled” option.
Planning permissionÂ has now beenÂ granted and several sets of stocks have been erected across the UK. The first shoplifting victim of the new “Option” Patricia Jones will be secured, barefoot into the stocks for 16 hours starting at 10am, 13 November 2010. The store expects to atract large crowds and just in case nobody wants to tickle Patricias feet, members of www.femfeet.co.uk have been signed up to help with the first tickling.
We have learnt from undisclosed sources that Patricia is an 18 year oldÂ single mother with very little money and thats why she attempted to shop lift a bag of nappies costing ÂŁ3.99 Patricia has also told reporters that she is terrified of her punishment as she is unbearably ticklish on her feet. Her feet are a size 3 UK by the way, for anyone interested. Watch this space for a full review of Patricias day of punishment. Femfeet is sorry to hear that no pictures or videoing of Pats fate will be allowed on the day.