Here I am in the early morning, the day after we caught on camera a mother shoplifting as she strolled her baby, writing a public blog about it. And doing so just a short few weeks before we had caught another mother strolling her baby in the store and also stealing from us at the same time. Yes, I'm mad as hell.
Gut wrenching. That's how it feels when you're a small business owner and a visitor to your store steals from you.
When I started to notice theft had increased at the store, I had cameras put up and paid for a service that keeps a history of recordings. That alone makes me angry. Because as a small business owner every single expense matters. That I had to pay extra to add cameras because people steal? Sickening.
Watching the videos, all I can think of is, how dare you come to my store and steal from me? Do you even know what you're doing? You're taking from my family, my kids for goodness sakes. You're taking the hours I work 24/7 on my store, you're taking my peace of mind, you're taking from others who visit the store and now have less to shop from because YOU decided to just steal what you wanted. You're taking from the community when you steal and don't pay even the taxes for what you decided to just steal. How dare you?
So, here are the two videos of the thefts we caught on camera. Public and visible for all to see. There is more theft we haven't caught, before we had cameras. But for those thinking of doing so or doing so at other stores, be careful.
When you anger a mom who works 24/7 on her store for her kids, her family and her community...you're waking up a lion.
If you recognize either of these moms, please contact us.