- Jan 5, 2009
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When I was an assistant manager of a large grocery story in Houston, back in the 1980s, we had a similar code. Back then we didn't let shoplifters walk, we stopped them and held them for the police. On one occasion, I heard the code over the PA and went up front in time to see a guy hurrying out of the store with something in his hands. I caught up to him in the parking lot and he was carrying a pretty good sized roast.Worked 3rd shift for a major retailer that was open 24/7 years ago
When they saw someone shoplifting a page would be made over the PA something like, "Jim Smith you have a call on line two".
It was then our job to slowly head for the front entrance and remain discreetly out of sight so when Mr. six cartons of cigarettes stuffed in his coat showed up there was an option.
Stop and be escorted to the security office or get tackled by six guys looking for some excitement and then be escorted to the security office.
That policy ended one year when an employee was stabbed and killed at another store trying to stop someone.
It's disheartening letting them get away but people in the story above could of lost their life over $100 worth of food.
Better to pull surveillance video, file a police report, and know people like them are probably hanging themselves with drugs and alcohol.
I told him to stop and he took off running...without thinking, I ran after him. I chased that bastard for at least a half a mile and when he figured out that he wasn't getting away, he stopped, dropped the meat and pulled a knife. So, I stopped and decided he could have the meat. About that time, a tow truck driver who had seen what was happening, pulled over and came running up to us with a shotgun.
With the driver's help we got the thief back to the store and sat him down on the floor in the warehouse to wait for the police. They came and picked him up and took him away.
I figured out right then and there, that dying over somebody else's merchandise or money was not reasonable.