2010 black SC
I am all in favor of finding ways to nudge people to have a change of heart and be responsible community members. However, shame has been shown to be worse than ineffective, because it just makes people feel bad about themselves, which if anything leads to more destructive behavior. When people are totally down, desperate, or ostracized, they are more likely to feel cynical rather than respectful. Sadly there will always be selfishness, greed, and psychopaths, but when people help each other out (and treat each other with respect rather than assuming the worst), it makes a difference. I'm not suggesting that we can do anything specific in the moment to change the circumstances or mindset of a particular person stealing a catalytic converter--that's a bigger-picture societal challenge. But see: Restorative Justice / Department of CorrectionsMaybe just hunt them with BB guns, and yell "shame!" at them while they're running away.