Letter: Shoplifting comes in many forms
Monday, November 28, 2011
What a sad world we live in, or is it just a sign of the economic times? I know of a young lady who is a beautician/barber. She did her schooling, learned her trade, paying her state and federal taxes, plus a lease on the shop and/or space rent. She possibly has other personal financial obligations. She is trying not to be a burden on society.
But in walks a guy, sits down and asks for a haircut. He is polite, acts friendly and is talkative. He seemed satisfied with the trim. When time came to pay the lady, he stands there fumbling through his pockets. “Must’ve left my wallet in the car, I’ll be right back,” he says. Puts a key ring with some keys on the counter, sort of as security. The young lady trusts him. Now, who would scam a barber? Well, this guy never came back. The keys were just oddball disposable keys. Obviously, this guy had planned this scam ahead of time and he pulled it off.
I’m writing this as a warning to the self-employed folks, know your customers and/or ask for payment ahead of time. Can’t go watch a movie, fly in a plane or ride in a train without payment in advance.
This scam is another way of shoplifting.