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Originally posted by deltaboy
reply to post by incrediblelousminds
But wouldn't loss prevention folks get killed in the process if they stop a desperate thief? They are usual unarmed.
Less clear is what Toronto police will take away from the Chen case, which ended in acquittal for the shopkeeper and two employees, Qing Li and Jie Chen. The three men were cleared of assaulting and forcibly confining Anthony Bennett, a 52-year-old drug addict with a long record for petty crime. They chased, bound and detained Mr. Bennett in a van after he stole plants from the Lucky Moose in May of 2009.
Originally posted by Mosfet51
OMG what a load of crap. To all within the sound of this post, go out and steal all you can from Best Buy being that they aren't allowed to stop you from shop lifting. Guess I'm going shopping tomorrow.
Originally posted by EfficacyOfTruth
I worked for Best Buy in their Loss Prevention department (Before it was renamed Asset Protection).
They are not outside contractors. They do not have special training, permissions, or allowances to touch customers. If a Best Buy LP employee touches you, they will be fired. They are a deterrent. They are not plain clothed either - those dudes in the yellow shirt that greets you at the door and checks your receipt on the way out? That is Best Buy Loss Prevention. They watch security cameras and deter theft.
I tried to stop a thief from walking out with a Nintendo DS back when I worked there - I didn't touch him, I asked him to stop and empty his pockets, he said no, and went on past me. My manager came out and made absolutely sure I never laid a finger on him, otherwise my job would be on the line. It was simply the nature of the job.
Did we prevent theft? Yes. Not as well as we could if we were able to PHYSICALLY restrain thieves, but at the same time, I wouldn't really if pressed - my health is more important than the tv they are running with. Honestly, a lot of my job was preventing internal theft, since we could check purses and the like of employees as they left the store.