Shoplifting One's Unmentionables

Shoplifting is one of Knoxville’s most frequent crimes, and in most cases it’s in the best interest of the victimized store that the stolen merchandise be returned. There are exceptions: namely, underwear that has been worn by the thief.

At 1 p.m. on Aug. 1, an employee of a local Walmart reported an underwear theft to the Knoxville Police Department. He claimed to have witnessed the suspect take a pack of underwear into the men’s room and put on a pair of underwear from the pack. This employee confronted the suspect, who then fled the store.

A few questions about the crime remain unanswered. First, would the underwear have been put back on the shelf if the suspect had been apprehended? Second, boxers or briefs?

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