The following video has gone viral. It records two women attempting to steal a pavilion tent from the beach on July 4th and when caught by the owner, defend it as belonging to them, including all chairs, beach toys, etc. The interesting aspect of this situation is that the owner is willing to drop it and move on but the woman in the red bathing suit ignores the offer and instead goes on the offensive, literally.
The owner, who goes only by his first name of “Rich”, choose to not press charges but did publish the video online. The question I’m proposing for discussion is whether Internet shaming has become more effective of a deterrent than threats of arrest for grand larceny and simple assault. What role should Internet shaming, if any, play in molding behavior of others?