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CanadaGirl
08-21-2006, 07:20 AM
I've only seen/heard about one or two people stealing something really stupid before. At my second last job there were two guys walking around in big coats and looked a little mischevious, so the front end manager was keeping an eye on them. By chance the store manager was walking down an aisle that was facing the checkout stand where these two guys where "idling" and saw them steal a toothbrush from the hang-rack above all the candy. Wtf? Stealing a toothbrush? They couldn't afford to fork over $1.06 for a cheap toothbrush at the dollar store or something :lol: The store manager caught them in the act, and nabbed them both. I was at a different register at the time and kind of busy, so I couldn't catch most of the conversation, but I'm pretty sure he (store manager) made those guys feel like crap for trying to steal a stupid toothbrush. :D

Anyone have any stories about stupid/weird thefts? (I'm glad I work at a liquor store now, where the only thing stolen is liquor!)

Ryu
08-21-2006, 03:55 PM
a trash can
a salt shaker
mylars that go over an individual theater to show which movie is playing
a roll of trash bags which they later decided they didnt want
someone tried to steal our change machine and somehow made it to the door before being seen by someone and it was left there
a napkin dispenser i believe
anything people can take, they will

NightAngel
08-21-2006, 06:37 PM
What happens at my work is that they work in groups or pairs. One comes in and hides new releases in the middle section and then at a later time another one comes in and steals them. They know we don't have enough people to watch very close. We have become very good at finding the hidden ones before they can steal them though.

One of them I found last night was a movie called Mother Theresa about her life of course. I came up and dumped the stack of 'to be stolens' on the counter and asked my co- worker, "What kind of a goon do you have to be to steal a movie about Mother Theresa?"

She answered, "One that doesn't mind going to Hell- obviously." :lol:

Acolyte
08-21-2006, 06:55 PM
The AAA batteries from the McBreakRoom remote. Also, the TV doesn't work without it, since it's a piece.
Seriously! There's a variety store next door! You can get two cruddy ones-the same ones in the remote-for $1!

Irving Patrick Freleigh
08-21-2006, 08:52 PM
A few years ago, corporate made the brilliant (cough, cough) decision to sell regular bed mattresses in most of its stores (as opposed to the futon mattresses we already carried).

As part of the roll-out for these mattresses, we recieved a special cart to carry out the mattresses. Think of the lumber carts you see at Lowe's or Home Depot, only not as heavy-duty.

While we sold hardly any mattresses, we found the cart useful for carrying out other things. But one day, it got pushed outside and stored under the overhang by the recieving door, and then another day it was gone. The managers told us they didn't throw it out, so we figure somebody just walked up and took it.

Why, I don't know. It's a pretty big cart, probably too big to have in your house or garage.

Antisocial_Worker
08-21-2006, 09:10 PM
Every lightbulb in the room, plus the fluorescent tubes from the bathroom light fixture for a total of six bulbs and two tubes. Oh yeah... they also took the batteries out of the remote.

This is in addition to guests at my hotel who have stolen in-room coffee makers, remote controls, sheets, towels, pillows, lampshades, comforters, and on one occasion, a borrowed coffee mug because the guest was too good to drink out of styrofoam.

toolbert
08-21-2006, 09:13 PM
The weirdest thing stolen from our store are the little plastic SD cards that get put with the units. I mean, they do absolutely nothing and yet...people seem to need them for their unit. The one that really took that cake was that someone stole the back of a Treo we have on display. Nevermind the $60 battery in the device...just the back with the palm ID number...seriously now :sigh:

Myra
08-21-2006, 09:59 PM
A ratty, dirty, filled-with-holes banner advertising the cellular company we sell. Seriously, this thing was icky. I had no idea why anyone would possibly want it, but they cut the ropes and made off with it. Good for them, the logo had changed so I had a new one on the way anyways.

Brighid45
08-21-2006, 10:54 PM
Let's see . . .

At the security company call center we all used tons of disinfectant wipes every night because we didn't have assigned seats--it was grab a desk wherever you could, and Goddess Mother Herself only knew if the drone who used it before you had bubonic plague or ate a four-course meal there without a napkin in sight. Anyway, for a while it was common to have your wipes ripped off. They would take the roll out and leave the empty canister on the desk--at least until we stopped leaving them out to be stolen.

At the job I'm in now, the weirdest thing that was stolen recently was the big container of dairy creamer in the breakroom. I mean come on--it was dollar store creamer and cost a whole buck! And it was half empty too! :wave:

Ree
08-21-2006, 11:44 PM
Those liquid air freshener refills. (Beginning to wonder if there is an illicit purpose for them since we lose so many.)
A sewing kit from the $1 bins.
Screws and parts out of appliances and tools.

Kiwi
08-22-2006, 12:15 AM
fake fruit....I have always found that really really odd.... having illicit oranges staring at you every day

Morrigan
08-22-2006, 02:14 AM
A $0.25 balloon from the discount table out front. The kid got caught and hauled back to the store by his mother, and I got to have a lovely conversation with him about whether a twenty-five cent balloon was worth a criminal record. Sad thing was, the kid was thirteen, more than old enough to know better...and why he needed a balloon with Aladdin printed on it I'll never know.

JustADude
08-22-2006, 12:27 PM
My wierdest (and only) theft is from my days as a movie-pimp. The guy threw a rock through the front window of the store and tried to steal the DirectTV demo-television from the display. He apparently couldn't get it out and bolted before the cops got there. That's not the wierd part though. To get to the cheap, POS demo-tv he had to go walk directly past the new AND used retail sections. Yeah, most of them have those nearly-indestructable hard plastic cases over them, but the box-sets were just behind more plexiglass with a case-lock.

The guy must've been a real crackhead or something to not get that.

Oh, and we ended up using the rock as a doorstop.

AforElephant
08-22-2006, 02:27 PM
From experience I can tell you that anything that is not nailed, tied or screwed down is liable to be whisked away by someone.

From catalogues (and if you ask us for you we will galdly give you one free of charge) to pen and card holders. We had a miniature bulb/lamp display that got stolen - although that was our fault for leaving it unattended on the counter and a display of samples of different cables - that was wrenched off the wall though.

A dummy display inverter also went out on two legs.

I fear that unless I chain my employees to the counter they'll get stolen too.

I think that in our case people do it only out of devillment, for the "buzz" of doing something naughty. There really is no logic in pilfering a catalogue or a display of 3 inch lengths of cables..unless they are harvesting copper.

Becks
08-22-2006, 03:39 PM
A $0.25 balloon from the discount table out front. ...and why he needed a balloon with Aladdin printed on it I'll never know.

I know what you mean. The magic carpet was a way cooler character. :roll:

I_Hate_SCs
08-24-2006, 02:33 AM
The weirdest thing I ever found that was stolen at my store had to be in this Summer's Eve douche box that was hidden behind a stack of towels in Domestics. I figured someone just dropped the item down and didn't want it anymore, but the box was very light. I opened it, and found (smaller) empty boxes to an acne treatment cream and Preparation H. I figured it was a sick joke, but if it was a real theft (most likely it was), the thief had problems on their face, and both 'ends' of their bottom. :roll:

smalltownclerk
08-24-2006, 03:21 AM
We had a laxative tablets shoplifted by a high school wrestler trying to make weight the next day. He got caught. Police were called. Kid didn't get thrown off the team for the mere fact that his court date was set for after the wrestling season was over.

DGoddessChardonnay
08-24-2006, 09:03 PM
The weirdest thing I ever found that was stolen at my store had to be in this Summer's Eve douche box that was hidden behind a stack of towels in Domestics. I figured someone just dropped the item down and didn't want it anymore, but the box was very light. I opened it, and found (smaller) empty boxes to an acne treatment cream and Preparation H. I figured it was a sick joke, but if it was a real theft (most likely it was), the thief had problems on their face, and both 'ends' of their bottom. :roll:

Laugh if you will, but sadly that's a common occurence in my store. Empty boxes of douches/foot creams/prepration H/hydrocortisone creams/OTC headache stuff. . . you name it, they can and WILL make off with it.

Sadly, the Kitty hasn't seen the need to use the Checkpoint labels and install scanners at the entrances as WD had done. Either way, the product will be out of the package and the package w/the sticker discarded.

The only way IMHO that I can see it stopping altogether is to get cases w/locked doors and the customer has to get an employee who has a key to the case to purchae a product. Yes, it's a pain in the rear (I've ran into that at one of the local drugstores) however if it stops theft, then great.

Think Blue
08-24-2006, 10:05 PM
Some kids came into the lobby and took a couple of handfuls of some crappy candy from our dish, ignoring the godiva chocolate bars right next to the dish. :lol:

Lace Neil Singer
08-25-2006, 02:21 PM
Not from my store but from a music store a mate of mine used to work at... some guy stole a life size cardboard cutout of Britney Spears from a display and somehow managed to make it thru the store without getting stopped. :lol: Sure, a lot of people saw him walking around with the thing, but no-one stopped him.

repsac
08-25-2006, 06:07 PM
Oh, the list is LONG.

2 bottles of Jovan Musk samplers. Come on, that stuff STANK. If they'd asked, we'd have given it to them.

A display TV. Just a hollow shell with no inner workings.

Pallet Jack

Pallet

Forklift. I have yet to figure out how they got it out the store.

A whole jewlery counter. Complete with jewlery in it.

A ladder I was using to get down from the riser from. Got stuck up there for four hours while mgmt went to find me a new one. (Had a nice nap) *fyi, I was about 18 feet off the ground. No jumping for me.

A scrap (empty) propane tank.

Useless bits of twine.

Uncut Keys.

Paint Sprayer (attempt. As if he thought we'd not notice the 150.00 item suddenly rang up 19 dollars.)

Chainsaw case. Left the saw behind.

Chainsaw oil.

One glove.

The remote to the TV in the break room.

Coke Machine from out front.

Concrete bags marked "Defective" (They had solidified into concrete blocks).

Christmas tree on display by the road. (It had been there three weeks)

aqutalion
08-25-2006, 08:18 PM
I've posted before about the telemarketing outift I worked at for a summer. One day the manager had us all stop our calls to tell us not to steal the toilet paper from the restroom.

Here in cubicle-land, the thefts are substantially less interesting. Every week, we get at least one email asking for the return of the heavy-duty stapler. No, it's not a red swingline.

This wasn't an actual theft, but it had security in a tizzy. The computers in the classified lab all have removable hard drives. One day when I went to run tests, the hard drive in the computer was missing :eek: . It had classified data on it, so that's a big no-no. It turned out that it had been removed for repairs, and just hadn't been logged, but we didn't find that out until the next day. Security was not pleased.

Tria
08-25-2006, 08:27 PM
One glove.


Michael Jackson fan?

JustADude
08-25-2006, 09:57 PM
Michael Jackson fan?

Nah, it's the One Armed Man trying to do yard work.

Imogene
08-26-2006, 04:02 AM
Not from my store but from a music store a mate of mine used to work at... some guy stole a life size cardboard cutout of Britney Spears from a display and somehow managed to make it thru the store without getting stopped. :lol: Sure, a lot of people saw him walking around with the thing, but no-one stopped him.
If by any chance your friend worked for Musicland's music store... it's entirely possible no one Could stop him, as, until he's out the door with merchandise, it's not 'stolen'.
All I really have to ask, though, is, Why Britney?

Irving Patrick Freleigh
08-26-2006, 07:17 AM
All I really have to ask, though, is, Why Britney?

Maybe this happened when Britney was actually good-looking, and not the trailer trash bimbo she's turned into.

Ringtail Z28
08-27-2006, 03:57 AM
I've posted this one before. The funniest theft I've ever seen involved a Boost Mobile phone. They have the packaging that can be a bit of pain to open even with scissors. Some dumbass took one and went into the back of the garden department and ripped the packaging open with his bare hands, unfortunately for him he also sliced up his hands really bad. He took off with the phone through the fire exit, leaving the bloody torn up package and a nice trail blood behind. Too bad for this dumbass because those phones only work after a cashier activates it. :D

ArenaBoy
08-27-2006, 04:04 AM
This was a theft that happened to a customer last summer. I was directing traffic when the event ended, a guy walks up to me and asks if I saw a pizza delivery sign on a different car, I told him that the car was still here, it was visible and he took off after the car.

bars.of.a.rhyme
08-27-2006, 04:24 AM
What happens at my work is that they work in groups or pairs.

We get tag-teamers too. About a year ago we got a memo about a couple that was going around and ripping off tons of stores. The man would go up to the counter with a complaint, while the woman went to the back and stuffed a bunch of movies in her bag. The man would start out loud enough to get the attention of both people who were working, but not quite loud enough to warrant a call to the cops. By the time his wife got back up to the front, he would escalate the bitch fit to the point where he would be asked to leave.

A variation on this was a couple who would take a slightly calmer approach. The man would come up to the front and start an account (using a fake ID and fake contact numbers, of course), ask a bunch of nitpicky questions to distract the employees and generally soak up a whole bunch of time and attention while the woman went to the back and stole a whole lot of DVDs.

The stupidest theft in my strip mall, however, goes to the drug store where my friend works.

This store keeps the cigars on shelves attached to the front of the counter. My friend passes a lot of time leaning over the counter reading a book. She basically watched someone take a pack of cigars and put it in his pocket. The store manager posed as a customer (no corporate = no uniform) and watched them take another pack, and then chased the thief out the door and dragged him back in. The thief and his friend admitted that they had planned to unroll them and reroll them with marajuana.

The part that makes it even stupider is that they were twelve. Sorry, putting marajuana in cigars and cigarrettes is only inconspicuous if you're old enough to smoke either of those things in the first place. Stupid.

Cvstos
08-27-2006, 04:34 AM
People steal our game boxes all the time. Thing is, we don't put the games up there. Just the boxes. The empty boxes. And people still steal them.

Oh, and our gift cards, which are handing on a display, with the words "Card has no value until purchased" on it. Which means they get a worthless piece of plastic that probably cost us $0.03.

Rapscallion
08-27-2006, 08:26 AM
We had someone break in once - crowbarred the door open.

We couldn't find a thing missing.

There was no money in the tills, so nothing there, and the drawers were always open at night. All the knives were still in their rack - we're talking knives of significant size. If they'd taken a pound of sprouts, we could see none gone.

Baffling.

Rapscallion

Horsetuna
08-27-2006, 10:06 AM
A $0.25 balloon from the discount table out front. The kid got caught and hauled back to the store by his mother, and I got to have a lovely conversation with him about whether a twenty-five cent balloon was worth a criminal record. Sad thing was, the kid was thirteen, more than old enough to know better...and why he needed a balloon with Aladdin printed on it I'll never know.


I did this as a kid. But my mom saw me and as she came towards me, I tossed it back in fast as though nobody woudl see. She made me apologise and paddled me. I think I was eight.

Until you said it was 'he' and he was thirteen, I almost thought you were the cashier then!

repsac
08-27-2006, 08:08 PM
I've seen the gift cards be stolen before.

For a time, Lowe's sold phone cards too. (I think they still may) and we had a whole host of them get stolen. Only to recieve a complaint from the customer care line that someone had "purchased" twenty phone cards, only to have the cashier not activate any of them. Three guesses how many of the phone cards had been stolen?

The police were waiting when the idiot came in to get his appology and gift card from the store.

tenaciousb
08-28-2006, 02:38 AM
hmm pink pearl erasers worth under a dollar that obviously won't set off alarms

one pen from a pack of 10

combination pad locks, to protect their valuables, wouldn't want anyone stealing from you right?

bible software

Mighty Girl
08-28-2006, 03:45 AM
When I worked at this one low-rent clothing store, I caught someone trying to steal a wall rack. They were quietly moving clothes off the rack and unhooking it from the wall. Needless to say, they were banned.

Also have had the hooks in the changing rooms stolen.

hecubus
08-28-2006, 09:55 AM
This may be a tiny bit off topic, as it happened at my apartment building and not at work, but one year, someone stole the wrapped empty boxes under our lobby Christmas Tree.

A few months later, someone walked out of the building with all of the furniture from the downstairs lobby (two couches and several chairs).