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, , , , , | Legal | March 4, 2022

I’m a shift lead at a local discount retailer, getting ready to close for the night.

I get a call to cash for a void. As I’m arriving, my cashier indicates her suspicion that the customer has filled her bag with unpaid merchandise, while the customer is suspiciously closing her bulging bag.

The customer begins telling me what items she wants removed from her transaction, my cashier politely asks her if there’s anything else in her bag she wants to pay for. The customer puts an abashed look on her face and sheepishly pulls out a tube of toothpaste.

Me: “As you’ve already admitted to attempting to steal this, I’m going to have to ask to check your bag for other merchandise.”

Shoplifter: “Rude!”

Me: “I’m sorry you feel that way, but again, you’ve already admitted to attempting to steal someth—”

Shoplifter: *Cutting me off* “IT’S JUST TOOTHPASTE!”

Me: “It’s still theft.”

Shoplifter: “IT’S JUST TOOTHPASTE!”

I come around the counter to block the door. The shoplifter comes closer but doesn’t try leaving yet.

Me: “It’s still theft. I’m going to need to check your bag for our own peace of mind that nothing else is being stolen. If everything is on the up and up, this should be no problem.”

The shoplifter partially opens her bag to sneak another item out in an attempt to satisfy me, but I can see multiple products peeking out.

Me: “Nuh-uh, no, these are all ours.”

I proceed to pull all the hidden, unpaid items from the bag, leaving a few items of trash at the bottom.

Me: “You are now banned. Please leave and don’t come back.”

Shoplifter: “Good! I’m never coming back!”

Me: “Good thing, ‘cause next time I see you here, you’ll be charged with trespassing!” *Turning to the next customer* “Hi, how can I help you?”

Just another day at the office.

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