Thursday, February 4, 2010


Hello again. I had an interesting experience today at work. The Loss Prevention agent (his name is A.J. and he cusses like a sailor) got a "stop" today. He caught a woman who was with her teenage daughter and her baby trying to steal $327.00 dollars worth of swimsuits (that she should NEVER wear, just trust me on that). This was his 3rd stop for the month and this is the first week of our fiscal year, so he started the year ON FIRE! To be honest, I really like working with AJ, he makes me laugh and his attitude about work and life has changed my view about things. He's always smiling and he always makes me laugh.

Anyway, he stopped this woman from shoplifting. 327 dollars worth of merchandise!! I've worked in retail a long time, and I've seen a lot of shoplifters, but I just don't understand it. I love to get free stuff! Who doesn't? But I can't just take something that's not mine.

Well anyway, AJ brought the woman back to the office along with a Jordan Landing security guard and sat her down. At that point I got out of that office FAST! I felt very uncomfortable. Amanda was the lucky one to stay back there with them. I did hear a few things that AJ said to her. He told her to have a seat, and then just said simply: "...ok, talk to me." This surprised me, I don't know why, what do you say when you catch a thief? How about: "Hey stupid, what were you thinking?" He was very professional about the entire thing.

I've watched alot of LP agents over my "career" (if that's what you call it). And I've come to one conclusion: I COULD NEVER WORK IN LOSS PREVENTION!!!! I'm just way too trusting of people. I don't understand how or why people would take advantage of someone else. I admit I'm very naive.

I guess the thing that shocked me the most today was this woman was as cool as a cucumber. If I was every stupid enough to do something like that (I think the only way I could would be to feed my children) and got caught, I would have a major meltdown!!! I would cry, and cry, and cry. I would be so embarrassed!!! Dealing with the LP agent and the security guard would be bad enough, but then when the Cops show up I think I'd faint. They'd probably have to call the paramedics and have me sedated.

All joking aside, I really don't understand stuff like this. These are the same people that complain about prices being so high and the economy being bad. The people who complain about insurance premiums being so high are the ones who just pocket the insurance check and don't get their car fixed. Why do people think they deserve something for nothing? I JUST DON'T GET IT!!!

Wouldn't life be much more simply for everyone if we could all try to be honest all the time. I'm not perfect, but I try.

What do you think?

That's all for today.


The Wibergs said...

Kinda sad that there has to be a LP agent. I didn't really know about them before this. I mean I see the cameras in the sky at Walmart, but never really thought about the people watching. Guess I should be more careful when I'm feeling the needs to sneak a freebee. ;)

Sarah said...

I think just the fact that you WOULD react that way is exactly why you would never do it! I don't get it either, I guess the plain fact is that there are alway people out there that think they are an exception to all of the rules. That is what is killing our society.

Panamenos said...

Sadly, I think in many cases it is taught to them by their parents. Either their parents stole also and modeled that behavior, or at least never taught them that it is wrong. Many kids steal at some point (My Michelle took a chapstick from a store when she was 4...of course, she went with us to return it and apologize) and I think how it is handled by the parent teaches a lot. I've had quite a few students steal over the years...some of them did it once and really learned a lesson. SOme did it habitually and will continue to steal into adulthood I would guess. Not that I'm blaming all theft on the parents because adults are responsible for thier actions, but I think it is so important to teach and model honesty starting at a young age.

I can't imagine doing that either...and especially not staying calm. I'd be hysterical.