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Cerebus
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#1 Posted on 24.8.05 1950.22
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Even though my main job is to stop employee theft, While I'm at the stores, I still go about working day to day loss prevention work as well. One of the things we do is 'dress up' as to look like we don't work there and watch for theft.

Last night, I was on a break and I was sitting outside the store drinking a gatoraid and having a bag of chips. I was dressed kinda dirty like and was going for a 'bum' look.

This older couple comes up to me and asks if I needed any help and I said no and decided to go on back inside.

Before this, I had spotted a group of three kids riding bikes come up and go in the store so I thought I'd go see what they were up to.

I found them over in the toy section. One was on lookout, obviously, near the end of an aisle with the new Transformers display at the end of it. He was looking at those while also looking out for employees. I watched him for about 10 minutes and saw that he'd drop a transformer whenever an employee was coming by. I went around and was playing a hand held solitaire game on the aisle next to them, where I could look through and see what the other two were doing.

They were stealing YuGiOh cards... busted, I saw them, I'll head towards the magazine section to wait for them to try and leave.

The kids, maybe 15 minutes later, come over to the magazine section and start making a mess of the place. They've also now have sodas and are drinking them too. More stolen merchandise to tack on to what they've already got. While I'm there waiting for them to finally leave, that same damn old couple come up to me and hand me a bag with some food in it and a $20 bill! They say I looked hungry and they didn't want me stealing food so they decided to help me and suggested I stop at thier church on wednesday. They also gave me a business for thier church.

The kids are watching this and listening to what's going on. I had absolutely no idea what to do. I ended up taking the stuff and thanking them and walking outside. A few minutes after this, the couple leave and again, tell me to come to the church. I'm sitting on the curb hoping they are gone and out of there when the kids finally decide to leave. Luckily, they're gone.

The three kids come out, followed by another security guy I notified, and we take them back into the store and get to work on them. One of the kids (NO NAMES!) starts calling me every vulgar name in the book that you can imagine. He starts going off about how I'M going to hell for accepting the money and food from the "old bitches." and he'd gonna come back and beat my ass.

DAMN! I'm good.

I ended up using the cash to order a pizza for the four security guys who were working Tuesday night. I also had three cans of Chef-Boy-R-Dee raviolis with pepperoni, a six pack of coke, and a bag of popcorn.

Life is pretty cool sometimes.

(edited by Cerebus on 24.8.05 2150)
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#2 Posted on 24.8.05 2332.39
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Did you go to the church and tell the old couple the real story?
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#3 Posted on 25.8.05 1108.51
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    that same damn old couple
Geez, I hope they aren't repeat customers or anything.

I think Battlezone's right - better to explain yourself on YOUR terms then get caught with your pants down (or...not dirty? whatever) later.
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#4 Posted on 25.8.05 1201.31
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    Originally posted by Cerebus
    He starts going off about how I'M going to hell for accepting the money and food from the "old bitches." and he'd gonna come back and beat my ass.
That's the funniest part of the story. Why not just kick your ass right then & there?

"I'll be back though!" Yeah right.
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#5 Posted on 26.8.05 1212.13
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    Originally posted by Battlezone
    Did you go to the church and tell the old couple the real story?


I plan to this Sunday. I'm gonna pay them back cause it's the right thing to do.

The pepperoni raviolli were DAMN good! I'm gonna get me some more.
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#6 Posted on 26.8.05 1344.56
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Go to church, tell the the story, thank them again, then move on to the next store before these ruffians come back for you. They might be locked up for a night or two, but no judge is going to send them away for long for shoplifting, no matter how much your employer posts that it prosecutes to the fullest extent of the law.
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#7 Posted on 26.8.05 2227.50
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Heartwarming story. Of course, the cynic in me was waiting for you to bust the old people for stealing. Or, for you to get busted for panhandling.
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#8 Posted on 29.8.05 1253.34
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Heartwarming story. Of course, the cynic in me was waiting for you to bust the old people for stealing. Or, for you to get busted for panhandling.


The oldest person I've caught shoplifting was an elderly guy of the ripe 'ole age of 67. He stole condoms. The store manager said to let him go.

I ended up trying to give the people, Steve and Martha, thier money back. It turns out the Steve is the minister at the church which explains why he had business cards for the place. I explained what had happened and he thought it was really funny. His wife, however, was more upset at "...not reaching her 'goodness' quota for the week." since I wasn't truely 'in need' of the help. When I told her I'd bought pizza for other people, she seemed to think that was good enough and they ended up not taking the money back.

Just to make ME feel better about it though, I dropped $20 into the poor box at the door when I left.

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I don't really need to worry about getting my ass beat because, as it was mentioned, these were kids as in childern. The oldest was 15 and the other two were both 13. The two youngest TOGETHER weigh only slightly more then I do, by myself. Perhaps if I was still here in 5 years when they grow up and grow OUT, I'd worry, but as it stands, they're banned from the store for 6 months and I'll be gone from here in two more weeks when a new store manager can come in.

Yes, I said banned for 6 months. It seems that they still want them to come back and perhaps spend money instead of not being allowed back in the store ever again. You gotta love retail.
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#9 Posted on 29.8.05 1258.16
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WTF is a "goodness quota?"
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#10 Posted on 29.8.05 1259.20
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Well with retail who's to say you even have the same employees six months from now? Turnover in those jobs is generally pretty high from what I've seen. How do you guys keep track of who's banned from the store, anyway? Mug shots?


Oh, and you get cool awesome bonus points for going to the church and donating the twenty bucks back. Thumbs up.


    Originally posted by Parts Unknown
    WTF is a "goodness quota?"


Like the saying, "That's my good deed for the day"? I'd assume the lady had felt pretty good about giving the supposedly homeless guy some money, when she found out she hadn't really done her "good deed" then she really couldn't feel as good about it. So knowing that she at least helped somebody in someway makes up for that, filling the "good deed meter" back up.

Or something.

(edited by Jaguar on 29.8.05 1304)
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#11 Posted on 30.8.05 1233.31
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    Originally posted by Parts Unknown
    WTF is a "goodness quota?"


and there are some churches that kind of legislate how many good deeds you do. Ours doesn't, but I know what I should be doing and am sad when I don't get it done. So maybe the lady either feels she has to do whatever or the church (in this case, her hubby) checks up on her.

Hey it happens. Especially at churches who fall under the "independent fundamentalist baptist church" banner. Not all of them, but a certain strain. FYI in case you ever need a handout.
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