Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Sydney Crime

Gattina in this post reminded me of an incident we witnessed in Oxford Street, Sydney at one of those Asian run $2 like shops. R had forgotten to take his earphones with him so went in to buy a cheap pair. While it was one of the most junkiest and jumbled shop of its type we have seen, the woman who ran it was lovely and very helpful and R bought the earphones, which he did not end up using anyway.

A day or two later we were about to go back into the same shop for a pair of scissors, and there was ruckus inside. The shop owner had hold of a woman's arm who promptly dropped to the floor and started screaming out that she had been assaulted. After some verbal back and forth, the woman left the shop. It transpired that she had stolen multiple items from the shop and was now trying to return them and redeem them for cash. The owner called the police and told them the story and from what we heard, the police took it quite seriously.

Although there was a cctv, we heard the owner tell another customer who witnessed what happened that the system did not record. He told it was so easy to set up using her computer behind her counter.

It was an interesting little diversion for us, but gee, what some people in small business have to put up with.

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  1. I suppose we forget about the risks the smaller shopkeeper has to cope with when running a business. Don't think I would like to be in charge of a shop on my own.

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    1. Fun60, both times we were there she was on her own, which seems a bit unusual.

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  2. Andrew it is not seriuos one..But dedfinitely bad ..

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    1. Goisa, yes, no threat of violence, but just unpleasant.

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  3. I suspect it is all too common. Which is sad and bad.

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    1. EC, those sort of places are quite lax about the security of their stock.

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  4. Happens a fair bit, but when I worked in the newsagency the owner said if it happens while I was in the shop alone do not try to stop it as it's not worth being injured for and all stock was insured but we had a button to press if he was out back so he could handle it his way never needed to do it.
    Merle............

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    1. Quite so Merle. The last thing we want is for you to be in a scrag fight with someone trying to nick a Woman's Weekly.

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  5. We have the same trouble in supermarkets with people nicking stuff then trying to return the items for a "refund", stating they've lost their receipt. The difference there being more people in a supermarket, a single checkout operator in one of those small shops would have reason to worry if such a fraudster became violent. They need to have working video cams!
    I could tell you something else the low-life opportunists try, but I don't want to put ideas in the heads of any potential thieves who might be reading here.
    Not your regular commenters of course, they're all good people.

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    1. River, I guess experienced supermarket staff have a bit of an instinct for that sort of thing too. Yes, cctv and recording should almost be automatic these days.

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