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06/14/2007 11:29 AM ID: 63027 Permalink   

More and More People Stealing from Wal-Mart


More and more people are stealing from Wal-Mart stores across the US, including workers who take goods from their stores and do not pay for them, according to retail analysts studying public disclosure records.

Wal-Mart itself has not made an official comment on the increase in thefts. Analysts believe the rise is in direct correlation to Wal-Mart publicly announcing they will not be prosecuting minor cases of theft, instead focusing on organised crime.

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  Gotta love it  
places that announce they wont prosecute and their staff arent allowed to do jack about shoplifters. Why-o-why do they do these things?

I worked in a 24hrs shop in the city centre of Glasgow in Scotland. I ran the nightshift 5/7 days and I prosecuted everyone over everything, took absolutely no crap off anyone and you know what? I had the quietest shifts in the end. They all knew to stay clear of my shifts whereas other shifts had allsorts of grief and a lotta loss.
  by: AccessG     06/14/2007 11:45 AM     
But your sane, ish.

These people are accoutants.

They see several numbers.

Stolen Stock Value.
Cost to Prevent Stock Theft.

If the cost to prevent is more than the value stolen, then why prevent?

That it can carry over and lead to increased theft cant be figured out as easily on an adding machine
  by: Gogevandire   06/14/2007 11:49 AM     
I used to work in a Co-op. We'd have thieves coming in every hour. A couple of them were just gypsies but the majority of them were chavvy teenages that would come in, 'look around' and then walk out whistling with their coats full.

Problem was we couldn't do anything to stop them. We weren't allowed to lay a hand on them, we can't physically stop them leaving the store, we couldn't tell them to empty their pockets (they'd tell us to piss off). Eventually I just stopped caring - I still get my wages so why should I get stressed over it?

A pair of them even sprinted into the stoor with their hoods over their heads, stole CRATES of beer, and went sprinting out. My supervisor acted as if nothing had happened.
  by: Daniel2508     06/14/2007 12:07 PM     
  I see it all the time  
People shoplifting at Wal-Mart. Infact a couple had something concealed in a purse and the alarm went off. Old looked at me and shruged his shoulders. If it was me, i'd have loss prevention at my side, the cops, etc. wanting duplicate copies of my reciept before I leave the parking lot. Sometimes I think well maybe i could get that flat screen out, however, I remember I was raised with morals and values and stealing isn't something you do.
  by: ohioankev   06/14/2007 12:49 PM     
  What pisses me off...  
is those damn alarms at the door. If I know I paid for my goods and some idiot checker forgot to run something across the tag canceling device and the alarm goes off I just keep walking. If they want to accost me, I have my receipt and will take them to task. I consider that false alarm slander and I will not be intimidated by a sleazy organization like Walmart. If they lay hands on me I will sue. I will never surrender my rights to that machine.
  by: Valkyrie123     06/14/2007 02:37 PM     
  Prosecution Limits  
Remember that article from a while back? A Walmart employee told the news that they would not prosecute/stop someone stealing less than $20 worth of goods. It used to be lower, something like $5, but they changed it.
Anyway, that probably would have been fine, but you see, the news got wind of it, and spread it like a wildfire. So, yeah, of course there is more theft.
  by: seniorgato     06/14/2007 03:57 PM     
  yea so true Gogevandire  
about the 'ish' part I mean :)

But the great thing about Scotland is there is no trespassing law, however, you can ban/bar anyone from anywhere as long as you have authority (being a companies rep. for example even as a sales assistant). Also theres the old 'citizens arrest' and as long you utter the words 'This is a citizens arrest and Im detaining you until the police arrive' your fine.

Announcing you wont be prosecuting etc. is definately not the way to go, even if its your policy ... people and lower forms of life such as junkies will just see it as an open door. Reminds me of 'I thought you were intelligent until you opened your mouth'.

Way to go Wal-Mart ... you'll be changing that policy when you work out its gonne increase petty theft by 3 gazillion %.
  by: AccessG     06/14/2007 09:49 PM     
  About those alarms going off  
A friend of mine would take the security tag from the backs of cds and dvds and then stick them on various shopping carts. Then whomever had that basket and went out the door, the alarm would go off. Ha ha
  by: John E Angel     06/14/2007 10:55 PM     
  @John E Angel  
the next step to that is to have a decoy buy a few inexpensive things, and cause the alarm to go off with one of those stickers. you can then walk past the alarm with the items you stole as the guy at the door checks the decoy's receipt. not that i've ever done anything like that. i'm simply telling you what NOT to do.
  by: ManilaRyce     06/15/2007 03:24 AM     
  Not to hard to figure out.  
Not to hard to figure this out.
More and more people would be stealing from WalMart when WalMart is taking over the market leaving less and less stores which to steal from. They put these up all over so it would make sense more and more employees are stealing from WalMart seeing how they hired more and more people.
  by: hellblazer     06/15/2007 05:59 AM     
  A moment of silence please  
for poor Wal-Mart.
  by: walter3ca   06/15/2007 07:22 AM     
You're not the only person that does that.

I live round the corner from a 24 hour Asda (UKs Wal-Mart for our American friends) and the number of times the alarm pings me because the till people are too retarded to do their job, simply isn't funny anymore.

I'll just keep walking and if they wanna make anything of it they're welcome to check my reciept.

The other side of this though:

One time I stopped and waited for the overweight security guard to ooze out from the Sweeties Isle. He checked my reciept for a BIG bottle of Jack Daniels (Yum) and then made a smart arse quip like "How are you gonna drink it when you get home? With the security device still fitted and all?". Normally I'd have let it go, but because of his moronic tone I opened the bottle infront of him and explained in an equally condecending tone "The Tag sits round the neck of the bottle! It's not rocket science".

Was quiet funny really :P
  by: spacechimp     06/15/2007 04:43 PM     
  If people want to steal that garbage...  
let 'em.
  by: Mister crank     06/16/2007 08:52 PM     
if you are calling all the merchandise in the world garbage, then I agree. But you can buy it cheaper at Wally World.
  by: Lurker     06/16/2007 09:15 PM     
  Here's the real title:  
Wal-Mart Stealing from More and More People
  by: Zmethod     06/17/2007 04:00 AM     
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