Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Watching a thief

He was attractive enough, but wore a real don't speak to me face. I suppose it must have been something about his body language that spoke aggression, which I can find appealing but in this case, no. He just looked scary.

We were in South Melbourne Aldi shopping, as we do, and he was queued in front of us with three bottles of mixers under his arm. He stepped out of the queue into the adjacent liquour area, and returned to his place in the queue with a bottle of what looked like vodka. I was focused on what we were doing and only half noticed what he was doing. Can you step back into the same place in a queue as he did? I guess so.

He put the three full sized bottles of mixers and the bottle of vodka onto the belt and he was close to the checkout. He then picked up the bottle of vodka, tucked it under his arm as the mixers were scanned and he paid for them, then gathered up the mixers in his arms and left, with only a cursory acknowledgement to the check out person.

The check out person is very experienced and her fast and accurate price scanning of what you buy is most excellent. I think she is some kind of manager at Aldi.

Our goods went through and we paid and as we entered the lift to the carpark, R said did you just see what I saw? I had but I hadn't. I did see what happened but I hadn't processed it and didn't realise it was just blatant theft.

The thief was wearing a fashionable low cut singlet, which may have caused the check out woman to not look up. You don't want customers to see you looking at a guy with muscles in a singlet.  She was very focused on her scanning. But really, I don't know why she did not see the blatant theft. The next Saturday at Aldi, I had a look around and there is certainly CCTV.

26 comments:

  1. When I worked as a Clerk I was very watchful and careful. We only sold beer and wine, and if I sold to underage customers I would be fined by the State and sacked. I also was to watch for shoplifters and was to alert a store detective if I saw anything.
    I was fortunate to have an uneventful career checking groceries, with the exception of the coupon queen who would buy $400.00 worth of groceries and pay something silly like 50 cents! I detested coupons. Not just the having to take off the money at the isle (which holds up the line) but afterward when checking out my drawer I had to sort and categorize each one.
    What you describe, I do not understand that type of thievery!

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    1. Maribeth, having a store detective enables you to tackle the matter without risk to yourself. Coupon culture has never been big here, fortunately. I was given a coupon discount in Macy's NYC event though I have none.

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  2. Nothing surprises me any more, unfortunately.Hopefully the Aldi staff will check the CCTV footage and catch the thief.

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  3. I'm going to start doing the same thing.

    https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2018/12/28/lcbo-thefts-surge-in-toronto-often-as-staff-stand-and-watch-theyre-literally-just-walking-away.html

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    1. Jackie, when law abiding people even consider such things, you know how wrong it has gone. The prevention of amount of theft would easily pay the wages of guards. But there is no bigger deterrent than police on the streets and to take such theft seriously. If you steal that amount from a bank, you are in big trouble. Fascinating article, thanks.

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  4. For one thing...no...I wouldn't get back into the same spot in the queue if I'd left to get something else.

    And yes...the world is full of dropkicks...and they are multiplying faster than rabbits, unfortunately!

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    1. Lee, and I have to say, it is because society is tolerating such behaviour.

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    2. Yep...unfortunately!

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  5. If a man's children are starving, I imagine he would feel ok stealing pasta, vegetables or fruit. But stealing booze only makes his children's lives even worse.

    What a crud your thief was :(

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    1. Hels, cast our minds back to 18th century England and look what happened to people who were starving and stole a loaf of bread.

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  6. This made me think of the same article Jackie provided the link for, above. It's happening in Canada, too. It is rather flabbergasting, is it not?

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    1. Jenny, it is astonishing. I wonder why we bothered paying for our Scotch at the York Street LCBO store in Toronto. It is clearly happening here too, but without publicity.......yet.

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  7. I was once behind a woman who was trying to smuggle a couple of bottles of Scotch in her pockets. The checkout girl simply said 'and the others', and that was it. I suppose she was well known to them.

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    1. Cro, and that had to be back in England, not in France. So terribly English.....in the past.

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  8. I spotted what I call not quite theft, but something which has been in the news lately. Three young Asian men, coming into and out of my local Woolies, each trip each of them would buy two cans of expensive baby formula. I was only there half an hour during which time they'd make six trips, so that's 36 cans of formula in that time and they were still doing it as I left and had been there before I arrived. They clear the shelves and send the stuff to China, but because these three were only buying two cans each, each time they weren't stopped. If they'd bought a trolley load each time something would have been done I'm sure. On my way home I almost had steam coming out my ears I was so furious.

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    1. River, I believe the major supermarkets have a limit on the amount of baby formula, and what you saw was a way to easily circumvent the limit. What gets me is there is a huge demand in China for our 'clean' baby formula and they are prepared to pay a lot for it, yet our dairy farmers struggle! I think there might be a subsequent post in this whole milk production and dairy farmer matter.

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  9. Boy, It Takes All Kinds. WoW, Way Bold Move. Thankful That It Was A Bottle And Not Your Wallet.

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, yes, quite true. He is opportunist type, who would just pick up a wallet and walk away with it if he could.

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  10. What an idiot, first to get back in the queue when he had left it, or otherwise mention to the person behind that you forgot something and will be back quickly. But to steal booze right under the cash out girl is daring. I hope he gets caught!

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    1. Sami, it was hard to believe it happened so easily.

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  11. Gosh stepping out and back into the queue AND pinching a bottle of Vodka.. I can't believe he got away with either 😱

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    1. Grace, he was certainly very confident.

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    1. Sandra, an understatement real.

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  13. That was a smooth move he pulled, must have done it a few times before.

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