By: Joey Cam
November 26, 2013
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I have worked about 8 Black Fridays sales during my lifetime. Some of those years I was an employee at a national computer retail store and the other years I worked at several retail stores as kind of a sales representative for a major computer manufacturer. Black Friday sales can and will get really crazy with intense and sometimes overwhelming people traffic.
The most blatant thievery I have witnessed was a customer I noticed had my company’s (when I worked for a manufacturer) speakers in his basket. I saw him reading the box so I assumed he had questions about it I could answer. I told him I worked for that company and would be able to answer any question he had on the product. He politely told me he was did not have any questions about the speakers. About 45 minutes later I was near the front of the store helping out a return agent with a customer who was returning my company’s product. I saw at the corner of my eye the customer who had my speakers in his basket (the speaker box was huge, about 3 feet long by 1.5 feet wide, rectangle-shaped) which weighed over 40 pounds. So it was not anything he could easily conceal. He proceeded to slowly but swiftly stroll out the front door with the speakers in his basket as if he was doing no wrong. No employee even noticed him despite him walking at a slow pace. I found and told a couple of loss prevention employees about it. They ran out the store to catch him but he was long gone, nowhere to be found by then.
I just thought I’d give a couple of retail stories I had which happened during Black Friday weekend sales. Everyone, be safe and don’t be sold a replacement product you didn’t come in the store for if it is not close to the deal you really wanted. Happy Black Friday Sales weekend!
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