If stores are to treat customers like guests in their own home, then thieves should get a shotgun salute. If someone stole from me, I’d seriously injure them. I wouldn’t treat them like a guest.
I really don’t like living in a dystopia… but I guess it can’t be fixed. I think we’re all doomed.
It all boils down to a serious failure of long-term consequences. You can't stop thieves, you can't accuse them, you can just follow them around, staring, only to be complained about to a manager.
Any store where this happens should have to deal with people constantly coming in, grabbing whatever it is they want, then zipping out the exit while crying aloud, “Nya nya! Can’t touch me! Company policy protects me!” Maybe they'd wise up, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
To make matters worse, some piece of crap tried to break into a shop once and hurt himself. He sued the shop owner because he got hurt and WON…
And they wonder where the work ethic went. America everyone. :-/