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November 12th, 2009
10:04 AM ET

They Steal, You Pay

In the Newsroom today, we're reporting on a new study that finds a "shocking" increase in store theft – including shoplifting, employee theft, and supply chain fraud. It costs billions every year - and leads to higher costs for every American family. Have you seen, or been a victim of, one of these crimes? What should be done?

Filed under: Josh Levs
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Carl B.Laking

    Hi Josh,
    I read an article in the past that indicated there is always at least a 10% increase on all products in retail outlets just to offset theft.
    Does this concur with your studies?
    Do you have a base number of percentage of cost per product if this 10% factor is incorrect?

    Thanks Josh

    p.s. really appreciate CNN allowing the general public the option of being heard. Gonna miss Lou. Wish him well with all future evdeavours.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  2. Sid

    Talk about stealing, You need to look into Texas and how their keeping 13 weeks of the 20 weeks that President Obama just gave to the unemployed here ???

    November 12, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  3. JM

    More small retailers than not use wholesale clubs to buy their supplies , and items for resale. Thats more than likely what you witnessed seeing a person unloading a trunk of product for the store.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  4. Ken

    Now Tony, a store owner stocking his shop from the trunk of his own car isn't that bizarre, if you consider that maybe he picks up his inventory from the local facility on his own, to save costs. I knew several people who own shops and they often take a more hands-on approach in various ways to save some costs.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  5. Sid

    Hey Tony, I'm new at this but I'm gonna try again.
    Can you look into Texas and how their keeping 13 weeks of the 20 weeks that President Obama just gave to the unemployed here ???

    November 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  6. R. Phillips

    I work at one of the big box stores. We are told not to do anything to shoplifters under threat of termination. I was fired from another store two years ago for reaching for the tool being stolen. This has happend many times to employees just trying to protect the interests of their employers.
    This is the wrong message being sent to thieves. They know they will not be prosecuted and steal with impunity. The police cannot be everywhere. Management has taken the position to protect themselves from possible lawsuits to save a dollar. They are abrogating their responsibilitys as citizens of this country. They are encouraging shoplifting as demonstrated in Your rescent story.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  7. Butch McSnutch

    It's no coincidence that all the people in the surveillance video of your segment are Hispanic. This is a rampant problem in Mexico, where most of our illegal aliens come from.

    November 12, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  8. M.Mulvihill

    Do not like the new web site of cnn . All photos and hard to tell the major news stories

    November 12, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  9. bigd

    R Phillips, you are right on, it's like they want their stuff to be stolen, have been told, do not sy a thing, let them go, they go out one door, walk in anther to the return desk, get their merch card for the return, without a sales slip, then they sell the card, the theives make more in a day than we do in a week. Upset me very much

    November 12, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  10. Derryck S. Griffith

    November 14-2009:

    Does Wikipedia Work for You?

    TO: Josh Levs-CNN

    Hello Josh,

    Wikipedia allows any user (who has joined), to write whatever he/she wants, provided it is not PORNOGRAPHIC in content.

    The tendency for users to do Biographies are the main feature. But Blogging, Educational, Informational, Scientific, History, and other disciplines are also indulged in by users.

    And users can also EDIT and update their contributions too, with a caveat to explain why the edit was done.

    I have my Biography and other related articles there too.


    November 14, 2009 at 10:18 am |