I write this blog and am passionate about making and saving money so that I can reach my goals and achieve financial independence. I think it’s a good and healthy thing to desire to be free of debt and set for the future. But there seems to be a dark side to saving and making money and I definitely do not recommend crossing that line.
Today while I was cashiering at Target I saw a woman try to steal $350 of baby stuff. I was ringing someone up at my lane when all the sudden one of the uniformed AP (Assets Protection) guys came flying by running to the exit. As soon as I looked where he was running it was so obvious. A woman had a cart filled with 3 large baby things and was about to just walk out of the store. Our plainclothes AP guy had seen her quickly load the things into her cart and followed her to the exit to see if she was going to pay. When she didn’t he called the uniformed AP guy. The woman started throwing punches in the parking lot and fled, leaving the cart filled with $350 of merchandise behind.
My first thought was, “What kind of desperate situation is this woman in to be stealing this kind of stuff?” Later after talking with AP they said they reviewed the tape and found that ten minutes prior to being caught she’d walked out with another load of unpaid goods. They believe she is selling it.
Also, last week we had training with another AP guy. We had to ring up his purchases as a test. The test was that he’d covered up the bar codes on expensive products with cheaper products so they’d ring up much cheaper. I flipped over a $100 flat-iron and found a barcode that said “soap dish.” It was really good training and apparently this happens a lot.
These kinds of things intrigue me because of my nerdy interest in law enforcement but they also blow my mind because my mind just doesn’t work in these ways. I am all about saving money but would never think to swap bar codes or just walk out with a cart of unpaid merchandise. I’m fortunate to be in a good, stable financial situation and maybe that’s why these things astound me. Maybe there are bad people and maybe there are people who are just in a desperate situation. Either way, saving money is a good thing, but it’s not worth crossing over to some dark dishonest place to do so.