It’s almost that season once again. What season you ask? Swimsuit season of course. I do apologize to anyone reading this who currently resides to the north. I’m very sorry and I hope, for your sake, the sun comes out soon. As a matter of fact, my store has already begun setting up the summer seasonal floor displays, complete with those new swimsuits. This past week also reminded me of why it’s important to use Checkpoint Tags on this product.
I was conducting a floor audit not 5 days ago when I was in the middle of our apparel floor. I noticed a man browsing the swimsuits that had just begun arriving to the store. At first, I didn’t pay too much attention to him, as I figured he was dreaming about a warmer time. After a few more minutes, his behavior struck me as odd and I watched him pull a pair of pliers from his pocket and he started removing the Checkpoint Tags that were securing the product. Right in the open. Clearly this guy didn’t really have a plan.
As I watched this gentlemen over the next 25 minutes, it was clear that he did have at least one plan. To defeat my Checkpoint System. The door clearly wouldn’t alarm if the Checkpoint Tags were removed and he was well aware of that. He wandered the store clipping the tags, as if he was the only person in the store. Oblivious to the fact that he was being watched by two LP agents and myself. After he had defeated just about every tag imaginable, he simply whipped out a shopping bag from his pocket and bagged his own merchandise.
Mr. Shoplifter made it outside where he was met by my team. His first was reaction was to point out that the Checkpoint System didn’t alarm. He wouldn’t return to the store, but rather decided to argue with us. Unknown to him, local police were already on their way to the store. When the police arrived, he was still arguing with me. He informed the officer that he was being wrongfully accused of shoplifting, and that he didn’t have to comply with the police officers request simply because the Checkpoint System didn’t sound.
I found this incredibly amusing. Here he is, dead to rights, with stolen goods still in his possession, arguing with the police. I thought for sure this guy would give up the act, but he started walking away from the officer. Up until this point, the officer was incredibly polite, and really had more patience that I could have imagined. When the officer grabbed this guy’s arm to stop him, he was met with resistance. Mr. Shoplifter was met with 50,000 volts. In the end, he took a ride to jail and we recovered our merchandise.
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