PErsonally I think certain thefts being punished by death would not be so bad. I can think of certain thefts where it was literally the worst possible thing a human could do. Now would a $2 coin be one of those punishable by death instances? Lol no. Tbh the thought is just silly and could/should have been handled with way more tact. Seeing as how the accused was 16 and the item in question was a whooping $2 item the man could have taken it upon himself to steer a young person from wrong (if he did infact do it). If I was the store owner, I would like to think i would take the opportunity to steer a young blood on the good path, then once I realized just how wrong I was, apologize profusely then give the boy some freebees to show how sorry I was.