JULY 14, 2006 - Posted at 7:57 a.m. CDT
BENTONVILLE, AR - Although Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated is changing its policy on shoplifting, the retail giant is telling shoppers not to test it.
A union-backed group critical of Wal-Mart has unveiled a company policy that bypasses Sam Walton's zero-tolerance stance against shoplifting. Thieves will now be prosecuted if they steal merchandise worth more than $25.
Wal-Mart spokesman John Simley says the company is focusing on organized theft rings and high-dollar losses. Simley says it's not efficient for the store to prosecute petty shoplifters.
However, Simley said that Wal-Mart stores are "hard targets for theft" and he urged customers not to test the new policy.