This story I was told when I worked for a mid- range fashion store. A store was being refitted and the company was bringing in visual merchandisers as well as asking nearby staff to join in (as I was part time, could do with the money and wanted to progress onto merchandising) so I volunteered.
So this story was from the VMs who regularly worked together for re-fits and setting up new stores - a few weeks before they had worked on fitting a new store whilst staff were being trained.
One of the new workers had gone to their locker and found it open, and money missing from their bag. They reported it and fortunately, the store already had cameras set up and they caught who did it. They pulled the girl into the manager office and asked her if she took the money (think it was £20) and she bluntly said yes, she needed it and would pay it back when she got her first pay. Understandably, manager said this was unacceptable, and she would be escorted out. The girl said, “alright.” and followed the boss to the exit.
The next morning, she was at the side door waiting to come in - they had changed the passcode as per protocol and she couldn’t gain access. Apparently she thought her only punishment was leaving work yesterday! Boss had to explain that stealing was a sackable offence, apparently she disagreed because she had promised to pay the money back.