Did you know that employee theft is actually pretty common when employees are taking out the trash? While it might seem like a messy way to do it, there is a reason why this method has worked for countless dishonest employees.
Would you want to go routing through a stinky, sticky bag of trash, every shift of every day, just to see if an employee was trying to hide merchandise in the trash bag? Probably not. I know that is not a task I would want as part of my job description. That is what makes it such an effective method of getting merchandise out of the store for an employee to steal.
For the most part, no one wants to check a bag of trash, so an employee will put saleable merchandise in the trash bag/ can and volunteer to take the trash out. The merchandise might be protected from the contents of the trash by being concealed in another bag, or it could be hidden in with paper waste from an office area.
From there the bag goes out a back door- that typically does not have any alarms or EAS identifiers on it. Once the bag is in a dumpster or a compactor they can go back to retrieve it at their leisure. That might be later at night after the store is closed and everyone has gone home, or it could be in an early morning hour before employees start to show up for the day. This method employee theft is pretty low risk compared to other ways of getting stolen merchandise out the door.
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