The Great Cell Phone Caper

Greatmuppetcaperbv01Yesterday I had a phone stolen from me at work.  During the holidays theft goes up quite a bit and we’re constantly being reminded that each and every customer is a possible master thief waiting to pounce.  That’s sort of overstating it, but yesterday I was tricked by a sticky fingered slight of hand artist.  Either that or I’m just thick.

The short of the long of it is that the customer’s debit card would not swipe and when he went to go to a nearby cash machine he palmed the phone without me noticing and took off.  Seeing the video it was clear that a) I need to lose weight and b) he was planning on taking the phone when he walked in.  The odd thing was his identification he used for the credit check seemed real, and so if anyone knows an Aldwin Plan either he’s got one of my store’s phones and is a dirty thief, or someone has swiped his driver’s licence and BC ID card and is stealing phones under his name.

3 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on December 21st, 2007 @ 11:57 am

    when i worked in retail people used to scoop handfuls of wallets from the bunks at the front (it was an accessory/bag/store). they were only $9.99, and probably only cost 25 cents to make but still.

    i hate being looked at as a “potential thief” when i walk into a store. i get paranoid when i take a call then put my phone back in my pocket.. thinking, “i wonder if they think i just put something ELSE in my pocket,” then i get freaked out and have to buy something *sigh*


  2. Roger (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

    Do you really think it to be a good idea to post the person’s name on the internet? If I were “Aldwin” I would either be:

    a) mad that I used my real debit card, and contemplate looking up your name to give you some rough justice

    b)mad that someone stole my debit card, and now my good name is on the internet for perpetuity by some random banal blogger using metblogs as his own personal blog


  3. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

    Roger:

    Thank you for coming by, not reading the post and yet offering your angry opinion.

    Rebecca:

    Yeah it sucks that the holidays make everyone so parinoid. The fact is though that I’ve learned, and this is from years in the service industry, that people will steal pretty much anything that’s not nailed down.

    Heck they’ll even steal stuff that’s nailed down.

    And the fact is that so rarely is anything ever done about it. The police have far more important things to do, and so rarely is there any consequences for their actions. Basic decency isn’t even a real thing any more, if it ever was, so nothing surprises me.

    The sad thing is that means everyone gets treated like a criminal to some degree.



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