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    Quote Originally Posted by taz View Post
    So I can borrow a car from up the road and then return it, all above board and legal like??

    We live in a funny country

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    I've certainly heard of a bicycle being "borrowed" with a "but I was going to bring it back Guv..."

    Car has other implications, is the "borrower" insured, what consumables have been used, was anything (door locks, Ignition lock) damaged in the borrowing?

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    I used to work for a large chain of Department stores in their warehouse. When people were caught trying to take things through security the police would be called. They then went to the person's house and if stolen property was found there then they would be prosecuted. Most just got sacked not for attempted theft but gross misconduct regarding not following company procedure.

    The effort some of these people put into criminal activities would have made the millions of they used it for legit business.

    Graham

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    In the 90's and early 2000's I used to work in Prisons and Young Offender centres.
    There was one particular prison that was a bit remote and with no easy means of access
    unless you drove. In the carpark every week there would be 3 or 4 abandoned cars.
    The cars were from other parts of the country and had been "Borrowed" to take family
    and friends to visit the young offenders. The cars were then abandoned in the carpark
    and another (from the local area) was "Borrowed to take them back home.

    That was my first experience of TWOKING.

    In another Prison, in the secure works compound behind 5mtr high walls and with
    all the most modern CCTV, my van was robbed and somebody stole my mountain bike.
    Whether it was needed to get home or not I'm not sure but I was impressed with their audacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bottle maker View Post
    I used to work for a large chain of Department stores in their warehouse. When people were caught trying to take things through security the police would be called. They then went to the person's house and if stolen property was found there then they would be prosecuted. Most just got sacked not for attempted theft but gross misconduct regarding not following company procedure.

    The effort some of these people put into criminal activities would have made the millions of they used it for legit business.

    Graham
    At work a colleague's wife works in a very well known department store and when somebody steals something
    they do not report it if the value is less than 300. They escort the perpetrator off the premises and ban
    them but they do not inform the police.

    Apparently they just keep coming back and remove items up to the value of 250 and are confident that
    the store won't actually do anything about it.

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    All my dive gear was stolen from my car when we were camping at Beadnell, diving the Farnes. There was a gang operating up there in 1995, stealing gear. Aoad of technical dives gear was stolen from a BMW 740 estate which they broke into by disabling the alarm, charging the car up with an induction coil and earthing oi with a crowbar. Blew all the electronics in the car and wrote it off.

    However, their most audacious act was to steal the dive gear from Yorkshire Police diving team which was in their locked and alarmed support vehicle parked on the pier at Seahouses Harbour! How about that for sheer brass neck.

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    I recall that in Portland in the late '90s there was a spate of dive gear theft from parked vehicles.

    It stopped abruptly when the locals, dependent on the dive trade, found out who the perp were was...
    Happy to be a woke* feminist SJ(K)W snowflake in a godless universe, no matter what some experts think. And Braun was a twat who's not missed. At all.

    * Had to add woke; couldn't resist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taz View Post
    At work a colleague's wife works in a very well known department store and when somebody steals something
    they do not report it if the value is less than 300. They escort the perpetrator off the premises and ban
    them but they do not inform the police.

    Apparently they just keep coming back and remove items up to the value of 250 and are confident that
    the store won't actually do anything about it.

    taz

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    Most of the time, the stock has little value until they add tje mark up. I used to inspect lifts in a big Brum store. I handed in loads of security tags that I found in the lift pit but they did nothing. And one time they found out it was security who were doing the night time thieving.
    "...are we human, or are we diver?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noggin the Nog View Post
    Most of the time, the stock has little value until they add tje mark up. I used to inspect lifts in a big Brum store. I handed in loads of security tags that I found in the lift pit but they did nothing. And one time they found out it was security who were doing the night time thieving.
    Citizen Machinery had a display cabinet of Citizen watches on their stand at the machine tool fair at the NEC a few years back (~2010ish).
    The whole cabinet got unscrewed from the wall and nicked one night; strangely all the security cameras had failed for the duration of when they went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noggin the Nog View Post
    Most of the time, the stock has little value until they add tje mark up. I used to inspect lifts in a big Brum store. I handed in loads of security tags that I found in the lift pit but they did nothing. And one time they found out it was security who were doing the night time thieving.
    Also, the cost of theft will have been factored in when prices are set. Anything stolen will already have been paid for by honest people.
    Paul.
    If God had meant us to breathe underwater, he would have given us larger bank balances.
    Human beings were invented by water as a means of moving itself from one place to another.

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    One of the dogs (the hairy one naturally) rolled in some fox poo this morning on our walk rendering her totally toxic and necessitating a B A T H. Slung her in the shower and got to work with the shampoo. The hair from the dog clogged the drain so I had to clean out the trap. In clearing the trap I washed the shampoo residue out which blocked the sink. I then had to dismantle the sink trap to clear it of all kinds of horrors. I feel like the Flanders and Swann song about the gas man! 2 hours later relative calm is restored but the washing machine is on overload washing the towels I had to use to catch all the water.


 

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