There’s no doubt stores have issues with shoplifting and many turn to law enforcement to deal with the culprits.
But, one store in Detroit Lakes is dealing with criminals in a different way.
Lakeshirts has been on the Detroit Lakes Beach for over 30 years.
Last summer, they caught a few kids stealing from the store.
Instead of prosecuting them, they took matters into their own hands.
They struck up a deal with the kid’s parents and put them to work in the t-shirt factory.
The folks at Lakeshirts declined to comment on their unique take on the legal system, but the Chief of Police not only assured us he approves — he’s also on board as a parent too.
“As a father I think the means that Lakeshirts is using to solve this problem really extends some mercy land grace to the people involved and I like seeing that I think that is needed in our society and you don’t always have to move to a criminal resolution for every thing. Sometimes we can handle things in the way Lakeshirts is handling it,” said Chief Steve Todd of the Detroit Lakes Police.
And on a side note for the criminals — Lakeshirts was voted best business to work for in 2018.