Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bealls Outlet Thief Walks Out Front Door

This past weekend I was on vacation with my wife and kids.  We stayed in Ormond Beach, at my kids favorite resort spot.

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?


  1. I live in Ormond Beach and have been to this Bealls plenty of times. I also work at the Walmart in Daytona and same thing there, we aren't allowed to stop them nor say anything to them only salaried management is and they rarely will, which affects our bonus. This happens in Florida a lot. Companies are more scared of being sued then losing a few hundred dollars in products.

    1. I do not understand that concept. I know K-Mart, JCP, Macy's, and many other companies hire people to specifically walk the floors and catch individuals that shoplift. I myself have participated in floor walking and we always stopped the shoplifters outside the store, never inside; that way the shoplifter cannot claim they just "forgot" to pay for it. Makes me sick to think about how many thieves get away with it though.
      Thank you for your comment.

    2. Daddy Goob, Have you ever worked retail. I stopped a man once for take clothing. Broken leg and broken finger. He beat me down good.
      He was on coke.

    3. Yes, I have worked retail. Retail is how I learned about loss prevention and floor walking. While I have never had someone beat me down or try to beat me down, I am sorry to hear about your run in with a coke head. People can be ruthless I know. Thank you for your comment.

    4. This is typical in all Beall's Outlet stores. It is their written policy. They have huge loss problems from shoplifters and employees and in most cases just turn a blind eye. They are more concerned with employee theft.

    5. It doesn't surprise me one bit. Thank you for your comment.

    6. actually. it is for the safety of the employees. There is a phone number and a security system in place for this reason. If a thief is violent or has concealed weapons on them it is in the best interest of the workers to not be confrontational.

  2. I worked for beall's and this is true what they say. The whole time I worked for them the manager and some employees were stealing. I tryed to go to my district manager (Tammy) about it and nothing was done,they just kinda forget you told them. Tammy and my manager Cheryl were friends. I worked for about a year or so,even helped build the new store in Gainsville. When we returned to our own stores I put in notice that I was leaving. This pissed my manager Cheryl off so she made me, non rehireable. so see its not just people off the street stealing but the employees themselves. And they misuse power to hurt people that work for them. with no one to call about what happens. Bealls Outlet stores are for the people they hire and not the normal everyday people that just want to shop at decent prices. Bealls outlet stores are messed up from the top down and thats why there prices go up.

  3. This behavior seems to be common in Volusia county. I worked at a low-end grocery store (Save-a-lot) here in town for a number of years and witnessed the same activity. The ONLY time, according to management anyways, that you were allowed to confront a thief was IF you literally watched them steal the merchandise. If you did not catch them in the act you were not allowed to confront them. Doing so, according to the higher ups could result in a lawsuit and/or *gasp* the loss of a potential customer. It just goes to show you where their priorities are.

  4. My mom works for that same store at that same location ...and yes that is true she is not aloud to say ANYTHING !!! She said there is suppose to be someone watching the cams but they are aways gone in a different store !!! .... WELCOME to dirt-tona have a great vacation!!...

  5. Very few Outlets have Loss Prevention, all they have is a office in Bradenton Florida where a couple people watch the camera's for ALL the store's. If they see someone stealing they then get on the intercom at that store and make an announcement, i.e. shoplifting is a crime, we record everything. If they continue to steal they will announce ie. you in the red hat with the white t shirt you are being watched. 99 out of 100 times that is all they can do. Sometimes they call the store and hope someone answers and ask them (a manager)to go to that area in hopes it spokes them. It is a joke, it is typical Corporate America, they shoplifting losses are already built into their over all profit. They repeat how shoplifting costs job, raises prices, etc. its just an excuse to not pay their employees a real wage, offer "GOOD" benefits. Trust me it is a excuse!!Now I hear Bealls has/is eliminating full time positions to not offer benefits to their employees, typical Corporate America.

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