Security As A Profit Center: Extorting Shoplifters?

Author: John Honovich, Published on Mar 10, 2015

If you can't beat 'em, join em.

Many lament that security is a cost center. Now, a tech startup and major retailers have partnered to make money off of shoplifters in a most extraordinary and questionably legal manner.

In this note, we examine the system, looking at its pros and cons.

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