College bookstores that employ security guards as a form of bookstore security are on the right path. However, a security guard can’t be in every nook and cranny of the store at every given point in time. This leaves a loophole in the bookstore security allowing for incidents like this to happen.
Two girls had gone to the bookstore and attempted to steal several textbooks, presumably for the upcoming semester. With their bags loaded up with their textbooks of choice, one of the security guards attempted to stop them. The two girls ran away to avoid getting caught.
One of the girls dropped her bag containing her student ID leading us to the now known suspect. As it turned out, the girl was having financial hardship, which is why she was in there to steal, rather than to pay for the books.
The girl that was with her was not under financial duress, she simply did not want to pay for the expensive textbooks. She wanted to spend the money on going out to bars and parties instead.
The end result was that both girls were dropped from their academic programs and not allowed back inside the college bookstore.
The bookstore took this as a learning opportunity to discuss and find ways to reduce the shoplifting and theft that was going on. Clearly having a security guard was not as efficient of a form of bookstore security as what they had previously thought. Both girls admitted this was not the first time they had come to the college bookstore to steal their textbooks.
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