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Trapped like a rat
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Cindi    Posted 12-11-2003 at 15:11:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've all been in Walmart, so you know what I am talking about when I mention the security thing at the door that goes off sometimes when you pass through with merchandise that wasn't properley de-magnetized by the cashier.

One of the night stockers has found a way around this little deal. He has been filling carts full of merchandise, covering it up with packing materials and pushing the cart throught the cart bay and on out the door into the parking lot, where an accomplice waits in a car outside and unloads the merchandise, leaving the cart full of garbage in the parking lot. No telling how much he has stolen. Management has been on to it for a few days and has been waiting for him to try it again. He did last night and he got popped. Fired and arrested. Big dummy. I would be mortified. Can you imagine being him in jail?

"Hey what're you in for?"

"Stealing coffee makers."

How humiliating. Big dummy.

Linda in UT    Posted 12-11-2003 at 19:04:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad he was caught, Cindi.

A local grocery store is pretty laid back and customer friendly. A few years ago two locals who lived across the road from the store pushed a grocery cart full of expensive items - steaks, etc. - right out the door. They would have gotten away with it, but a State Trooper was on her way home and saw them pushing a cart full of unbagged groceries across the street in front of her. She stopped her patrol car and followed them through the bushes to their back door, where they were gleefully unloading the cart. Oops!

RayP(MI)    Posted 12-11-2003 at 17:49:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Somewhere I read that far more is stolen by employees than by "customers." Wonder if someone has the numbers on this? Tend to think this may be the case.

TO35    Posted 12-11-2003 at 16:52:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was ten granddaddy carried me to the Grocery/ hardware store while he was talking I meandered around and found the toy display.....brand new just out Duncan butterfly Yo-Yo caught my eye....So I slipped it in my overalls and snuck it home went down behind the barn and started playing with it, along comes my 2 younger brothers and they want to play with it...when I said no they went and told Grandaddy about it....he new I did'nt buy it so he asked me about it and I fessed up....after the lecture he carried me back to town and I had to tell the owner, he agreed since It could not be repackaged so I could work it off after school and on saturadys, I worked for a month of weekdays after school and on saturdays..... all because I stole a $2 yo-yo....since that day I have never taken anything again..nor will I ever...took a long time before Grandaddy and his friend the store manager put trust in me again....
it was a lesson I will never forget...


Newgen    Posted 12-11-2003 at 16:18:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Cindi, this is a long shot, but that stocker wouldn't have happened to be young Mr. Pufnstuf would it? Probably not or I'm sure you'd have mentioned it. So how is old H.R. these days anyway?

Dieselrider    Posted 12-11-2003 at 15:41:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I took one of those big erasers from a five and ten when I was a kid. I couldn't use it. I got so bothered by it that I snuck it back into the store and "un stoled" it. I always have to wonder what someone is thinking when they steal from someone else. How do they sleep at night? Are they the ones that grow up to be bankers and lawyers that forclose on old widow's houses?
I worked in a grocery store once and the assistant manager was so good at spotting shoplifters. He would always be on the lookout. He told me that 10 percent of the price you pay at a store is the result of shoplifting. Another example of how just a few screw it up for everyone.

Les    Posted 12-11-2003 at 15:40:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
A neighbor of mine once got busted for stealing toilet paper from work. He'd take some every night in his lunch pail.
Oh, BTW, it was a paper mill. ROFL!

deadcarp    Posted 12-11-2003 at 15:55:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Remember the berlin wall? every day an old retiree crossed the wall to work, and claimed that every nite when he'd come back pushing awheelbarrow full of straw, the guards would poke their bayonets thru the straw to make sure nobody was hiding in there. they never found anyone so waved him on. yep, the fella sez he stole wheelbarrows or 30 years and never once got caught! :)

Cindi    Posted 12-12-2003 at 02:21:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Linda, that's what you call one of those red letter days for a cop. She and her fellow employees probably laughed about that one for days.

Ray...yep, that's what they tell me. They best not do it where I can see 'em because I will turn them in.

TO35, I was carried home in a police car when I was about eight for being part of a plot to steal magic markers. Longest two block ride of my life. I haven't stolen anything since then either. It didn't hurt that my father woore the seat of my pants out either and my mother cried for days. Talk about guilt.

Newgen, nope not Pufnstuf. His scedule has changed. I only see him two nights a week now, and he just stares at me like he doesn't know what to say. I give him a big smile and say hello and that's about it.

DR...There is a two hour (roughly) course that we have to take on the computer at Walmart to know what to watch for. That is for EVERY employee. Trying to combat shoplifting has to be the most expensive endeavor in this country for store owners. I don't think I would want to own a store.

Les. I got fired once for stealing a brownie. Back when I was waitressing for a living I changed jobs pretty often. Dairy Queen, eat all you want. Sonic, free meals. Circle B, half price meals. Chee Chee's, full price meals. I had been there two days and no one told me what their particular arrangement was with employees. A customer ordered a brownie and once I got it to the table, they changed their mind. I left it on the counter until the rush was over and then I ate it. Right out in front of God and everybody. They never even gave me a chance to pay for it, they just said 'we're going to make an example of you' and fired me. I guess it had been a problem. If they had said, hey, you don't get to eat here for free, I would have happliy paid for it, but they didn't.

DC...I love that story. (grin)

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