I was scrolling through the news feed on a social media sight, and the caption read: “Can You Spot the Thief?” Of course, I could see her plain as day. The scene is an outdoor seating area of a restaurant and there are lots of people hanging around. One woman in particular has a very obvious clothing security tag on the back of her shirt. This lady obviously just wanted a nice classy shirt to wear for her lunch that day and just didn’t feel the need to pay for it. The question is how did she get it out the door. We can only speculate on how she was able to accomplish this dishonest act:
Perhaps she is a dishonest employee of the store where she got the garment. In that case, she would be completely aware of the clothing security measures they have in place there. She could have worked her shift alone, saw an opportunity, and took the shirt. It’s possible she is only intending to borrow the item since she failed to remove the clothing alarm device. I can’t imagine that shirt can be comfortable though considering the placement of the Checkpoint Tags. If she was on duty with a fellow employee, I wonder what happened when she exited. Did the alarm sound or not? Maybe she has a tin-foil lined bag to hide her stolen merchandise. If that is the case, it’s a shame her coworker did not conduct a thorough bag check. It’s also quite possible that she turned off the EAS system. (On a side note, if the owner or manager had the Evolve Store App for their phone or tablet, they would have been made aware of this!)
The next possibility is that she was a customer. Maybe she is such a good regular shopper there, when she walked through the door and the clothing alarm sounded, the cashier looked up and said “you’re good” and waved her on through. A huge percentage of theft comes from normal every day customers that see the chance to steal. They spy something they like and want, but they know they don’t need it or can’t really afford it. So they look around, see the coast is clear, and conceal it until they can get out the door, hopefully undetected. The thing is, if your store is going to go to the trouble of investing in the tools, and the time it takes to attach the security tags on clothes, you may as well invest in some good training for the staff as well. Either way, this lady got out the door of a business with this shirt, and it still has a clothing security tag attached right there on it.
In the spirit of goodwill, I will admit to the small possibility that this woman is completely innocent. She may have purchased the item and the cashier just forgot to take the Checkpoint Tags off of it. The world may never know. I just don’t buy that since she decided to go ahead and wear it. I believe if she had payed for it, she would have noticed the tag was still attached. She more than likely stole the shirt, put it on, and never even noticed that big hard tag attached to the back of the neckline.
My suggestion to the store she got it from would be to move those Checkpoint Tags to the front sides of their clothing items. Then they would be more visible to the clerk and any potential thieves.
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