In Response to Re: SHOPLIFTING; BECOMMINGCOMMNPLACE?:
Apparently we have all seen someone putting a bottle of vitamins in their purse, taking a piece of candy, eating a bag of grapes while walking through the store, slipping a pair of gloves on like they belong to you. Or any number of ways that people "liberate" product. Has anyone said something to the clerk, to the manage, stopped at the customer service desk? If not maybe we should. I will tell you though the response you get will shock you. I did this when my husband was walking out of a store with a box of gum. There was no reaction from the manager and he let my husband walk to the car. I went and got the gum and handed it to the manager. They thanked me, I think my calling attention to it threw them off. I did explain my husband has Alzheimer's so that may have been why they did not approach him. But I wanted to get it across to my husband that what he did was wrong. I guess looking back that would not have worked as he did not understand what he had done. I understand now that I have to readjust my thinking and my expectations.
Posted by nikki p
Hi Nikki,My heart goes out to you and your husband you are a great women caring for him.Many people walk away when there is illness.My husband is a dialysis tech as he sees it all the time,very sad.If the store manager didn't actually see your husband take the gum he really can't approach him.People pocket things and when they are seen by a store employee they dump whatever they stole,then when approached they have nothing on them then they might try to sue the store for being wrongly accused of theft.The employee has to keep their eyes on the person 100% of the time.You did the right thing by telling the Manager what happened and returning the gum.I'm sure he appreciated your honesty.When I worked at the store I did some shopping and I was checking out my son was a baby maybe 3 years old.One of my friends there would always let the boys pick out some candy and he would pay for it.The one day we went shopping my friend wasn't there.The two boys were with me and my youngest walked out with a candy bar,he didn't understand that this was wrong.I made him take it back in and apologize,he never did it again it was a good learning experience for him.