It's a sunny summer weekend day at Best Buy. I was doing my LP thing in my bright yellow shirt, like a boss. I see these two young black children, probably ages 11 and 8, acting shady in the video game aisle.
They are selecting cheap $20 games at random, and after 4-5 of them are picked out, they scurry to a corner of the store. They are exhibiting all the signs of someone about to steal, and are obviously nervous.
I watch them on camera, opening the packages. But it was a busy day, and they got spooked if anyone, customer or employee, came near them. So I just made sure everyone knew what was up and was contacting them every chance they could.
Eventually the two kids head over to one of our couches in our home theater section. One kid unties his shoes, while the other removes the disks from the packaging, and places them under the couch. They both then bring the packages back to the game section and store them, before walking over to the couch. They keep sitting looking around, waiting for their moment.
I have the Home Theater manager and an employee decide to do a remodeling of the department and move some of the couches and chairs around. Starting with their chair.
Manager walks over, explains that they are moving the couches and asks if they'd mind moving for a few seconds. The kids panic visibly but move. When the manager moves the couch low and behold there are the games.
The kids walk off, and the manager walks after them yelling for their attention. Eventually they turn around and the manager told me he told them simply, "Hey your shoe is untied."
Anyways. They gave up after that and found their grandma who they were with.
As they were leaving I pulled her aside. I explained what had happened, and that since they hadn't taken anything we weren't making an accusation of theft, but I wanted her to be aware of what had happened so she could put the fear of God into them. We showed her the tape.
Now imagine every stereotype for angry black woman, and add that to the stereotype of angry grandmother, and put them together. Those kids were done for. She was livid with them. It was hysterical watching these two little shits cowering from this 70 year old woman.
So a bit of background. I look after my parent's convenience store which is located near a hospital. Now 99% of the people who come over from there are from the Mental Health Ward, and 99% of them are really nice people.
So I was alone here one afternoon when C comes across from the hospital. He comes up to the counter and is having a normal conversation with me. He buys a few things and heads to the door. On his way he stops and looks at our card rack and stands in a position just out of my view. He seemed really nice so I didn't take much notice of it. A few minutes later I see him walking out of the store a bit funny so I decide to check our cameras, sure enough he took a card and put it inside his shirt. I walk out the front of the store and see him having a conversation with someone about 100 meters away, but because I was by myself I couldn't leave the store unattended and go down to him, unfortunately for him however, my girlfriend who also works here turned up about 10 minutes later so I go straight out for him and leave her to look after the store. The following is what occurs:
Me: Hey buddy, do you want to come back up to the shop and pay for that card?
C: I didn't take anything
Me: Yes you did, I watched you do it on camera
C: I didn't
Me: Here look, I have it on my phone, do you want to watch it?
Knowing he's caught he says goodbye to the man he was talking to, throws his cigarette on the ground, turns and walks off. Not two steps later (and yes this did happen) the card drops from his shirt and onto the floor.
Me: (in an incredibly sarcastic voice) Oh will you look at that! So do you want to come and pay for it now or will I go and get the police?
He quickly picks it up and comes back over to me
C: (in a slightly more panicked voice) I'll pay for it, that's fair isn't it?
He hands me some money and I take the card and walk back to the store to get some change for him. So I meet him back at the front of the store with his change
C: Do you mind if I get the envelope for it too?
Me: Oh did you not steal that as well no?
So I give him his envelope and oddly enough I haven't seen him since.
I used to work at blockbuster, and about two years ago this happened, and I figured I'd share and tell you all that occasionally awesome things happen.
Anywho, I'm running some returns, and there are 2 siblings in the store, one is a 15 year old girl and her younger brother, probably 11 or 12.
I catch the brother trying to stick a video game manual into his shorts and I just stare at him with murder eyes till he puts it back, and I go about my return running, mulling over how to exact delicious justice. The girl comes up with a rental, so I go behind the counter and help her.
After I tell her when her movie was due back I said "Oh, and tell your brother the next time he tries to steal video game manuals, I'm not renting to him anymore."
She looks shocked, gathers him up, and walks out of the store. I worked in a pretty affluent area so it's not like this kid needed to steal.
About five minutes later, the brother is being dragged into the store by the arm by his mother. She comes up to me and asks if he really attempted to steal, to which I reply, "Yes, it was the manual for a wii baseball game."
The woman starts hollering at her son, grounds him for a month on the spot, apologizes profusely to me, smacks him upside the head, and walks out, all the while berating him.