We had a shoplifter at our store just waltz out with a bag of chips, a peach (that he was eating) and a bottle of whiskey. I demanded the items back, he raised the bottle with “come and get it”. Now, my work has a strict no-physical-confrontation policy and I don’t want to risk getting fired. I told him that I just wanted the items back or I’d call the police. “Go ahead and call the police”, he said, and continued walking away. So I called Mesa’s non-emergency number and explained what was going on.
He asked where the thief was, which I replied that he was just getting to the street. “How much was the merchandise”, I said about $25. “Well our call policy has changed. If they are no longer on the property, and the amount is under $30, you need to file a report online. Do you need the info?”
“Nope”, and hung up promptly. I suspect the thief knew about Mesa’s new policy, considering how smug he was. He was less than 70 yards away, threatened to commit aggravated assault, stealing, and the police sub-station is 90 seconds away.
I think I’ll forego calling from now on, take care of it myself outside camera range, since Mesa is a fend-for-yourself city now.
K. Andrew Bedwell