Shoplifting or Not? A Local Business Owner Asks for Your Vote
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Shoplifting or not?
I am so sorry, I may have just accused an innocent man of shoplifting from our store. I need your opinion, because there is nothing worse than soiling the good reputation of an innocent man.
This gentleman in the YouTube video goes by the name of Dwayne. He came into our store at @4:?? on Friday 9/9/16 as the time stamp indicates in the bottom of the video. He loitered around our store looking at everything that we have in stock. He asked the clerk where we kept the MP3 players. He soon lost interest in them when he discovered that they were locked up. He proceeded to wander about some more and eventually he went into the bluetooth speaker isle. Please note he has a rather flat stomach, with nothing under his tee shirt. We have a little trouble keeping an eye on everything because our store is incredibly busy, for which we are incredibly grateful. So, we sometimes backtrack on suspicious activity when we have some free time. One of our clerks noticed this man spent a few minutes in one of the bluetooth displays, so she went over to check things out after he left.The suspect walks onto screen about 30 seconds in. The accused shoplifter leaves about 30 seconds before the video ends.
The clerk found that one of the speaker boxes, that was full before he came in, was now empty, and the speaker was nowhere to be found. (clue one) The clerk went to the security cameras, which are accessible on all of our point-of-sale terminals. The clerk watched him travel through the store and watched the same video that is shown in the YouTube clip.
You will see him pick up one speaker, open the box and look at it, put it back and then pick up and open another speaker. After he puts the second box back you will notice the white corner of the second speaker that he is fondling protrude beyond his body at his lower tee shirt on the right side. (clue two) The box goes back up but the speaker doesn’t. (clue three) He turns around and sits in front of some other items. At some point he tucks the front of his shirt in to conceal a rather suspicious lump in the front of his shirt. (clue four) If he is pregnant he sure started to show awfully fast. Most women would be jealous of his rather quick gestation period.
I must tell you that our in-store security videos are magnitudes sharper than what we can put on YouTube. So if it is important to you, we would be glad to show you our in store videos.
Now here’s the deal. I buy everybody on my crew a large pizza whenever they catch a shoplifter, so they are very diligent in catching thieves. The last time that that I bought pizza it cost me $120.00 including the tip. The speaker only cost me around $80.00. So I’m leaving it up to you, the reader, to tell me. If you were on a jury would you find this man guilty. Do I owe my crew a pizza?
More info: I caught up to the alleged thief Monday and confronted him. The man admitted taking the speaker out of the box but claimed that he put it down before he left. Our cameras show him leaving the store with a lump in his tee shirt. He was filled with self righteous indignation and demanded an apology. He said that he “helps people” and he doesn’t steal stuff. Do I owe him an apology?
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