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Another development since last I was on this site:

One of the Kroger stores in my town went uder a few yrs ago. It had been in business since 1958 and had served countless thousands of area residents. 

The reason? Out of control theft. By the end, people were strolling right out the front with carts bursting full of stolen merch. In the last few months they hired a coupla 'security' guys, but one was a crippled old man and the other was a young punk who did nothing but slouch by the front door and scroll his phone. It still burns me alive to even think back on this.

Have any of you had similar experiences?



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In reality, this happens at every store, its just the smaller and older ones (lower sales volume) that is more noticeable. Shrink its built into the operations margins, but with organized retail crime its getting becoming a HUGE issue with all retailers. Theft is no longer just little Jonnie putting a candy bar in his pocket, its now John taking a cart full of steaks, Tide and random products out the front door in full daylight. If you follow the news, its like what is happening in California, a flash mob of shoplifters running in and out, which just wait....it will happen sooner then later. In reality, organized retail crime hasn't received the State/Federal level of investigation it needs, I have a feeling that will change soon.

We used to have local law enforcement as security in my store, it was theft prevention and a kind of "community outreached", paid by the company. It most likely was a "cost cutting" and or easier to hire a national company to provide a "rent a cop", which most seemed to be kids, couldn't find a job anywhere else, careless or ones that couldn't pass the test to be a cop. In reality, no one it going to stop theft from happening, its more a social/society issue.

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EUID_Unknown wrote:

In reality, this happens at every store, its just the smaller and older ones (lower sales volume) that is more noticeable. Shrink its built into the operations margins, but with organized retail crime its getting becoming a HUGE issue with all retailers. Theft is no longer just little Jonnie putting a candy bar in his pocket, its now John taking a cart full of steaks, Tide and random products out the front door in full daylight. If you follow the news, its like what is happening in California, a flash mob of shoplifters running in and out, which just wait....it will happen sooner then later. In reality, organized retail crime hasn't received the State/Federal level of investigation it needs, I have a feeling that will change soon.

We used to have local law enforcement as security in my store, it was theft prevention and a kind of "community outreached", paid by the company. It most likely was a "cost cutting" and or easier to hire a national company to provide a "rent a cop", which most seemed to be kids, couldn't find a job anywhere else, careless or ones that couldn't pass the test to be a cop. In reality, no one it going to stop theft from happening, its more a social/society issue.


I see those mobs of shoplifters in San Francisco on tv and I think to myself the storeowners need to just shoot and kill them all.



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EUID_Unknown wrote:

In reality, this happens at every store, its just the smaller and older ones (lower sales volume) that is more noticeable. Shrink its built into the operations margins, but with organized retail crime its getting becoming a HUGE issue with all retailers. Theft is no longer just little Jonnie putting a candy bar in his pocket, its now John taking a cart full of steaks, Tide and random products out the front door in full daylight. If you follow the news, its like what is happening in California, a flash mob of shoplifters running in and out, which just wait....it will happen sooner then later. In reality, organized retail crime hasn't received the State/Federal level of investigation it needs, I have a feeling that will change soon.

We used to have local law enforcement as security in my store, it was theft prevention and a kind of "community outreached", paid by the company. It most likely was a "cost cutting" and or easier to hire a national company to provide a "rent a cop", which most seemed to be kids, couldn't find a job anywhere else, careless or ones that couldn't pass the test to be a cop. In reality, no one it going to stop theft from happening, its more a social/society issue.


I see those mobs of shoplifters in San Francisco on tv and I think to myself the storeowners need to just shoot and kill them all.


Totally agree, and that's what it's coming to----we gotta be like those Korean shop keeps during the 1992 LA riots biggrin 



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If krogervwere to hire HANDS ON security, even armed if need be. then theft would be cut way down. But I have no clue why everyone's so "scared" to stop shoplifters. Lawsuits?
If a shoplifter gets busted up because they chose to fight rather than surrender themselves or the product then if they get hurt they get hurt.

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There isn't anything a retailer or one organization can do to change this. Hell, in todays world, stopping one incorrect person and "thinking" they might have taken something is enough for a lawsuit and payout. Hell, crooks don't have any fear for the law system, and or jail, its all a joke to them and prison isn't more then just a free room and board.

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Kroger's theft policy: we can't do **** about it. Just let them have it.

So yes it's not surprising that kroger is closing really high theft stores. My store is really high theft and we think it's not closing because it's been declared the training store. They tried other location but customers got pissy about it.



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Kroger's theft policy: we can't do **** about it. Just let them have it.

So yes it's not surprising that kroger is closing really high theft stores. My store is really high theft and we think it's not closing because it's been declared the training store. They tried other location but customers got pissy about it.


 Any store can be a "training" store, but in reality they pick "training" stores due to knowledgeable staff and volume.  In reality, training at larger volume stores can happen, but it harder to do.  Don't think being a "training" store will prevent anything, a store can be closed on a drop of a hat.  If your store at least breaks even, it will most likely stay open, due to the lease obligation.  In reality, if you think your store might close, look at how old your equipment is and or when was the last time you got anything new/remodeled.  If your store hasn't been removed in the last 5 years, it most likely will be closing sooner then later.  



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The only reason why my store remains open is because it's classified as a training store. If that goes I bet you if the company decides to remove stores our will go. It'll displace what 80 workers. I could care less I've transferred 5 times 2 because of moves and I could care less. This is the first job I've had more than 5+ yrs. This job follows me around the country instead of quitting and finding a new one when I need it. 



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