My job is great. I get to work for a pretty awesome company, play with cool stuff and most importantly, I get to throw bad guys in jail. I work LP for a small sporting goods store and I can assure you that there is never a dull moment. I’m not a golfer, but I do enjoy the sport. I also like the technology behind the clubs. So naturally, this section of the store is where I tend to gravitate when I have a little down time. It’s also an area where a shoplifter can make off with a good chunk of money.
I found myself in the store early one Saturday morning before heading to the lake. I was off, and needed a few supplies and of course, drifting to the golf section. Some new drivers had just come in and I was talking to the golf manager as he was putting Alpha O-Tags onto them before putting them on display. We talked for a bit and he walked off, leaving me and an older woman in the golf section. She was a very dignified woman, with a long flowing sundress. She looked as if she were about to enjoy the sunny weekend just as I was.
As I was swinging one of those new drivers, she came up with one of her own and asked very confused, as to what the item was on the shaft of the club. It was of course the Alpha O-Tag. I explained it was a store security device and she seemed content with that and shrugged her shoulders. She said her husband wanted that club and today was his birthday, but she lamented at the price. I told her he’d be lucky to get that as a gift, especially if he was an avid golfer. We talked for a bit more before I left the area. I needed to grab one more thing from the camping section and I was off to the lake. I grabbed my mosquito spray and headed to the register.
As luck would have it, I was in line behind the lady whom I had spoken to earlier. She had in her hand that expensive driver that her husband wanted, and I thought how great it must be to have a wife. The cashier rang the item and then removed the Alpha O-Tag. I wasn’t paying that much attention, but thought I heard the cashier only charge her $20. As the lady walked away, I asked the cashier and she confirmed what I had thought I heard. This lady, whom I would never expect to commit a crime, was now walking out of my store with a $600 golf club that she paid a mere $20 for. I ran from the register and stopped her before she left out. The cameras showed her switching the price tags, and due to the in-attentive cashier, she was almost able to get away with it. One thing is for sure though, I guarantee that won’t be a birthday present her husband won’t soon forget!
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