Monday, November 30, 2009

Black Friday shoplifting

We've all been told that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the peak shopping day of the holiday season. I wondered whether it might be the peak shoplifting day, as well. Alas, not even close. Interestingly, the peak day for 2009 was January 2nd, with 11. Black Friday's 6 reported shoplifting cases would be sixth numerically, but there are a lot of dates tied with 10, 9, 8, and 7.

Shoplifters on Black Friday ripped of bracelets from the Buckle, rum from Russ's Market, jeans from Sears, a Marie Osmond wallet from Four Star, a sweater from Von Maur, and a portable 7" TV from Kohl's.

Kohl's, by the way, must have opened awfully early on Friday. The shoplifting case was the first of the day, reported at 4:44 AM. The early bird gets the worm.


Anonymous said...

I think Kohl's opened up at 4am. Many career criminals are still up at that time, because they don't actually have to be at work or anything - unless stealing everyone else's stuff is "work" (which I suppose it is in their twisted little world). A lot of these nefarious nitwits are light-averse, and only come out after dark, just like cockroaches.

By the way, how do the dates you mentioned rank from a financial loss standpoint?

Jason said...

I would think that Black Friday is right up there in number of occurrences, but that the stores are so busy that the staff can't stay vigilant.

Anonymous said...

Oops, apologies for that double-post.

Jason is probably right, because a lot of these busy-shopping-day pilferages won't even be discovered until the next inventory is taken, and might just be classified as "shrinkage" at that time.

On an unrelated (but timely) note, why on earth would a violent (robbery and 2D assault) felon be put on work-release? Maybe it's just my perspective, but shouldn't WR be restricted to non-violent offenders?

Trevor Brass said...

Surprising that the items five-finger discounted weren't your typical door-buster items, save for that television from Kohl's.

It must be saying something that we are willing to punch other people and kick them down to get discounted electronics these days...

Hey, at least no one died this year, as far as I know!