I work for a small retail pharmacy and I have recently been transferred to a different location. It’s only about eight miles from my previous store. I have a long list of stuff to correct in this store, but one of my blue chips is utilizing Alpha Keepers. I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but they have plenty of them already. In fact, this store has a multitude of sealed boxes of Alpha Keepers upstairs in their loft. I could build a small fort with them if I had the time. Instead, I’ve been bringing them downstairs and installing them in many areas I used at my previous store. I was in an inner city setting and now my store is out in the middle of nowhere. The store setting is completely different, but considering boosters are our primary problem, the targets will still be the same.
In our business, we must use Alpha Keepers to protect health and beauty products. It’s what we specialize in selling other than the prescription drugs we dispense, so it’s imperative to be in stock on the additional items our customers and patients may be in need of. We sell a lot of high retail stomach remedies and allergy medications that are very popular in the flea market setting. The boosters are hired by the flea market vendors to come in and steal specific items they want for their booths. They come in and wipe out entire sections of merchandise. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to recognize their huge shoplifter bags they carry, or we realize what they are up to before they are able to escape. More often, however, they come in and help themselves and create losses for the store. The boosters get away many more times than they are caught, and they are paid pennies on the dollar for the actual value of the stolen items. Yet, they keep coming back and keep stealing, taking the chances and hoping we don’t catch on. None of our stores are immune to boosters, so I was really stunned to see that this store was not using the tools, like the Alpha Keepers, that were so readily available to them.
The staff is not new and they all act as though they want to prevent shoplifting. I even found a note in the office that was written to the previous manager just a few weeks ago. The assistant had noticed that a certain cold medication was being stolen on a regular basis. She had a small stack of papers stapled together that were the records of what had been stolen in the last months. A box or two was listed on each sheet. But, other than the note, she had not acted on the issue she had discovered. So when we received a truck a couple days ago, when I got those items out of the delivery boxes, I immediately encased them in Alpha Keepers before displaying them on the shelves in the cough and cold section. I actually had to add them to that exact same item in my previous store. That specific medicine is popular among teens for abuse. Apparently, if you take enough of them the cough suppressant makes you high. I’ll never understand how someone decided to try to take enough cold medicine to get a buzz, but I’m nobody’s judge. I do know how to stop the theft of these particular boxes, and the answer is not hiding them behind the checkout counter. All I need to do is lock them into Alpha Keepers and they will remain on the shelf until sold to an honest customer.
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