Do Not Set Bird Seed On Fire To Distract Walmart Staff From Shoplifters

Shoplifting is a crime, a scourge in the retail business, and very, very bad. Do you know what’s worse than than shoplifting, though? Setting the store on fire to distract store security while your companion shoplifts. Now a Minneapolis woman has been charged with two counts of arson, and the Walmart store where this happened sustained six-figure damage.

The 19-year-old admitted to setting two fires in the store after midnight to serve as a diversion. Police say that she was visible on surveillance cameras setting a rack of jeans and some birdseed on fire.

Setting birdseed on fire is more complex than we would have thought: Walmart had to call in experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine which items on the animal-feed shelf were safe to sell.

Teen Charged With Setting 2 Fires In Walmart To Mask Shoplifting [CBS Minneapolis]