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question for employees of Joann's

Old 09-25-2011, 11:28 AM
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I witnessed a strange incident in Joann's recently and wondered if it is their policy.

One of the clerks was leaving the store as her child was soon due home on the school bus. She went over to another clerk and opened her purse, the second clerk peeked into it, and on the girl went.

Is it the policy to search employees as they leave? Do they think the employee is stealing the store in her purse? I do realize that employee theft is a big problem with retailers, but I thought this display was over the top, and in front of customers.

Just wondering,
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:30 AM
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hmmm, it may be policy in that store. i've taken a bag from Bed,Bath and Beyond into Joann's and would not be surprised if they wanted to look into it. I haven't been asked yet but wouldn't fret if i were.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:31 AM
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Maybe she was selling drugs or something?
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:32 AM
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I think it is terribly sad but it is probably the store policy. I personally think it is horrible to have so little trust in your employees.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:33 AM
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Kind of a strange thing to do. I always offer to show what I have in a bag when I walk in. They almost never look.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:37 AM
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As a former retail manager of 22 yrs, I can tell you that is the policy of many stores. Bag, purse, packpack & locker searches can be done at anytime & often are done as the employees leave. There are a lot of small & expensive items in all stores & employee theft is the major form of theft and the most costly for all companis. Most employees have to sign a statement agreeing to searches before they are hired. Some store search in front of cameras each day.
At one store I worked at, over all retail theft cost us $100,000 a yr!!!!!!
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:48 AM
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When my girls worked at one retail store their 'purse' had to be made of clear plastic. Can't remember where we found it, but it reminded me of those zipper bags that some bed linens come in, but much smaller.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:52 AM
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That is the policy in most retail stores. Had to do it for both staples and toy's r us
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:53 AM
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I saw this at Goodwill too..... I thought it was strange.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:56 AM
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Yep. Walmart loses more from employee theft than from customer theft.
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