While on vacation I needed to purchase a new shirt to replace one that was ruined by bleach, so we visited the local Bealls Outlet.
After choosing a few shirts to try on I made my way to the dressing room. I tried on a few shirts and after picking the one I liked, I opened the door to get my wife’s opinion, but she wasn’t there. Instead, I observed a black male stuffing clothes into an empty backpack.
The man turned around and I noticed his extremely blood shot eyes were peering back at me. Instead of immediately leaving the store, he walked into the dressing room next to mine and placed his backpack inside. He then exited the room and began to remove clothes off the racks by the hand full.
At this point, I was really irritated by his ballsy move to continue to steal after he knew I witnessed his crime. I mean let’s face it, people like him are one of the reasons prices go up. I approached a supervisor on duty and made her aware of the situation. She acted surprised and made a general announcement that all activity is video recorded. The announcement does not faze the thief in the least.
The thief continued to pull clothes off the racks and he eventually made his way back to the dressing room. I returned to the dressing room that is located next to his and I hear his back pack un-zip then zip back up. The thief entered the dressing room with a stack of clothes and exited with empty hands but a bulging backpack.
The thief slowly walked toward the front door and I expressed to the supervisor that his backpack is jam packed. Her reply was, “I see that.” He walked right out the front door. She did not even attempt to stop him. I said to her, “why did you just let him walk out with hundreds of dollars in merchandise?” She replied “I am not allowed to stop anyone from stealing!” WHAT? Not allowed? As in it’s a store policy?
The thief turned back and looked in our direction with a very smug grin on his face as he walked right past the store window. I wanted to beat him down. Try that Sh** at JCP or Macy’s. They will chase you through the parking lot if they have too.
The next day I returned to the store to return a pair of shoes that I had purchased for my daughter. As I walked into the store; what did my eyes see? I see the same guy with the same backpack in the store and the same supervisor on duty.
After seeing this, I am thinking one of two things: either this guy was cracked out of his mind and just did not care or the supervisor was in on it. You may say that’s just a conspiracy theory; however it happens all the time. A supervisor was busted at a Kmart in Ocala, Florida for that very thing. The difference is the supervisor at the Kmart was doing it on a much larger scale.
So what do you think about this situation? Does it aggravate you to know that honest people who pay their hard earned dollars are most likely paying higher prices in the long run due to the lack of loss prevention? Inside job or just a ballsy cracked out thief?