The scams are getting better - or at least just more inventive and shameless.
I'm trying to sort through the mountain of returns that Sundays normally bring when I come across a rolling backpack - the kind kids take to school now that allegedly wearing an actual backpack is bad for their tiny shoulders.
Some of the backpacks go to Stationary for "Back to School," some go to Furniture as luggage and yet other go to Softlines as "accessories." You can tell by doing an ITEM INQUIRY and scanning the barcode. Except I can't find the barcode because all the tags have been torn off the front.
I open it up to see if there's a scannable tag inside and behold a feast of treasures. Ten DVDs, a box of Pop Secret and candy.
I open the zip pockets and find Kelly Clarkson, High School Musical and some others.
How was this going to go down?
(if they weren't just counting on cashier stupidity, although we are supposed to open EVERY bag, every container, every purse, every shoe box, etc.)
Find a backpack we only have one of - or hide the ones we only have two of. Take all the tags off the backpack. ALL the tags. Look through it REAL good for anything that might be a tag, a SKU number, a barcode, a UPC or anything that might identify it as being from Wal-Mart.
Load it up. We don't have Loss Prevention anymore. And it is not theft until you walk outside the door. Anything else is "shopping." Like movies? Don't forget the popcorn & snacks.
Buy some school supplies. This is very important to establish your cover.
When you check out - tell the cashier "My little boy/girl wanted to bring his backpack to help buy his school supplies!" There's nothing on there to say that backpack came from Wal-Mart. Not anymore. We're not going to call you a liar. Arresting our thieving customers is bad for business.
Roll right out the door. Make sure the kid is rolling the backpack. When the door alarm goes off, the door greeter will check your CART, but not the backpack. Because the alarm goes off all the time anyway.
Kick back and enjoy.
Yes, I know. Any of you working at a decently run Wal-Mart can (and probably will) poke holes in this scam. I'm very happy that you work in a place where your fellow associates do more than hold up the registers or come to work just to take breaks and lunches. My co-workers simply don't care. Our store's shrink this year is projected at $2.7 million dollars. Little scenarios like this happen all the time.