Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Bold as Brass!

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The boldness of shoplifters never ceases to amaze me. The last time I saw someone being chased by security guards was at Matalan, 20 or so years ago. We had just pulled up into the car park, out shot a youth, with an armful of stuff, closely followed by two chaps. They pursued him out of the car park, across a main road and caught him half way up the next street. He was duly frog-marched back to the store!

This week, we had been to Emneth for chiropractic treatment and thought we would pop along to Dunelm for a light lunch. We bought some new tea towels and was paying at the till. Two women pushing trollies joined at the next till, except the second of the two, carried on walking. Past the tills, out the shops (security alarms never went off). The two checkout 'girls' asked each other if she had paid, before sounded the alarm.

The woman by then was stacking said goods into her 2013 registered car boot, (could have been stolen who knows), when the chaps caught her. Made her get everything back out and into the trolley. We heard the words 'you will be interviewed..., the police have been called'. She just stood there smiling the whole time!!

She was still smiling whilst being escorted back to the store.

On the way home, we saw an ambulance whizzing towards us, got to a big roundabout where 30 or so metres down the road was another ambulance and a lot of traffic. I think it involved one or more motorcycles as several of the bikes were laying on their sides.

All in all, an interesting day!

18 comments:

  1. We had a right old time at the charity shop with a pair of shoplifters yesterday. Luckily there were 4 of us there so we think they only got away with one item and we think that was just a scarf. I was over near the till do I could see one of them had removed tags and hidden items under the clothes rail so just picked them up and hid them until they'd gone. Had the shop been busier or there had been fewer of us I think we'd have lost a lot more.

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    1. They make me mad. Should at least go to jail on their second offence, rather than all this namby pandering we seem to do nowadays.!

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  2. It almost looks as though she wanted to get arrested ... the cheek of some people. Oh well it made for an interesting day, for all the folk that witnessed her foiled attempt!!

    And I love Dunelm café food too, I miss having a skinny latte from there with a free read of a paper thrown in for good measure. I might be tempted to call there now you've put the idea in my head when I visit Mum this week :-)

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    1. We like Dunelm, some good and not always too expensive things in there.

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  3. I’ve just got to ask – the photo at the top of you blog – what is it?

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    1. It is a piece of art from my BA Fine Art course representing an abstract form of sheet of music. If you look carefully, there are five lines of shimmering thread to represent a stave in music. Each washer is a note. It can be played however you want, as no idea of timing is available. If you look at the blog dedicated to my course, my husband is playing the full version of it in 3 different ways.
      You can find it here, if you cut and paste this link: http://aliminalworld.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/clock-patience-video.html

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  4. It is amazing isn't it?! Never been to Dunelm though...!

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    1. I think they are nationwide! Shop-lifting never ceases to amaze me, I would be terrified.

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  5. Just caught up on your walk blog - we have pightles in Suffolk too!

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    1. It must then presumably be an East Anglian name?

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  6. What a cheek some people have got and probably more often than not they get away with it. I have only just recently found Dunelm and love it.
    Patricia x

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    1. Great store but we don't go to it often, getting to that stage in life where we hardly need to buy things unless they have broken and can't be mended.

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  7. Wow you do live dangerously! I would say regarding shop lifters, there ARE occasionally mitigating circumstances - elderly confused, or severely depressed people have been known to walk out with stuff unwittingly, but these are exceptions, and I agree that a custodial or very severe 'community service' should be standard for 2nd offence.
    I haven't been to Dunelm for ages, in fact I haven't been out that way for ages either, or only 'passing through'.Interesting how you life's patterns change over time, isn't it?

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    1. This woman was probably late 20's I should think, very brazen, even other people waiting at the till realised what she was doing.

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  8. Gosh you have had an exciting day, just hope no one was hurt badly,

    I remember catching a man shoplifting when I worked in a local supermarket years ago, he had coffee and toothpaste in his pockets and he turned out to be a prison officer!! Some people have no shame do they.

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    1. I am so terrified of going to prison, it keeps me very much on the straight and narrow!

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  9. I work part-time at Kohls, we have shoplifters a lot at our store. Our security guys are awesome and the cop shop is right down the street but it amazes me how many people try to steal stuff.

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