Can I just say how excited I am that spring is finally here? The temperature has been hovering around 80 degrees for the past couple of weeks and I’ve already got my first fishing trip of the season planned. Guess that means I’ll be heading out to the nearest sporting goods store. Lucky for me I happen to work there. One of the perks of working LP there is, of course the discount. I was just saying to my fiancé how I was in need of a new fishing rod…
As strange as it may sound, people steal fishing rods. Now, I haven’t seen someone try to jam one down their pants yet (I’m sure it will happen tomorrow now that I’ve challenged the universe), but I have seen some very clever ways that both dishonest customers and employees alike have used to get an even bigger discount on that new combo, and if you’re not protecting your high end fishing rods with Alpha O-Tags, you could be the victim as well.
I remember last year around mid-summer. It was a Friday night and there was a full moon (you know what they say about a full moon), so naturally the fishing department was jammed packed with anglers gearing up for the morning. I noticed a gentleman perusing the higher end rods so I offered some advice, since I have previously purchased the same item he was looking at. He and I talked for a good 15 minutes and I felt good that I sold him a great rod that was surely going to help my sales goal for the night. A few minutes later, I was called to the front of the store to one of the registers.
Mind you, not all of my cashiers are expert fishermen. Nor are they well versed in the majority of high end products we sell, so it’s always a challenge to have them recognize potential fraud. With our rods, we used the O-Tag to not only provide a visible deterrent to theft, but also as a tool to assist our cashiers identify when a product should ring at a certain threshold (for these rods, it was $199 and up). I get up to the register, and I see the same customer I had spent so much time with earlier. To my surprise (not really… nothing surprises me anymore) there was a price sticker to a $19.99 tackle box over the barcode, which should have rang up $299.99. As soon as I walked over, the customer decided to leave everything and make a sprint out the door. I was proud of my cashier and even more proud of our investment in the O-Tag.
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