His Colleague Was a Petty Woman Who Always Played by the Rules, but When He Suspected Her of Stealing, He Came up With a Plan

A man recently shared the story of how one of his colleagues stole money from his cash register. The woman was a real stickler for the rules, so no one else suspected her. However, he formulated a foolproof plan. Here’s what he had to say.

Shop worker

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The man wrote, “It was 2012. I had only been at my job for a little over a year, working in a local food store.”

Bloody Mary

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“I mostly worked on the cash register, but sometimes I had to step away to fix the shelves and help customers,” he added. “I worked with this older woman at the time, who was around 50, called Mary.”

A stickler for the rules

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Mary did everything by the book. She never let anyone off a cent, never let anyone leave the queue to grab an item, and always asked everyone for ID for cigarettes or alcohol, even when they were obviously much older than the legal age.

Hold-ups

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The store was held up a number of times. Management installed a cash box under the register where staff could put money when there were too many notes. They also installed panic buttons.

Lazy Sunday

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The man was working a slow Sunday shift. It was quiet, and a construction worker came in with a $100 bill. Protocol dictated that $100s went into the black box. However, the machine didn’t work that well and sometimes rejected large bills.

Daring theft

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The man put the $100 into the box and went back to stack shelves. He didn’t see the box reject the note or Mary pretending to fix things behind the register as she took the money.

Uneven count

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Later that night, the man and his manager noted that the cash register was off. They couldn’t prove it was Mary, but the CCTV looked suspicious. His manager took his side.

Coming months

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Over the next few months, items went missing. Mostly cans of Coca-Cola and packs of cigarettes. The man was alone with Mary when he saw her head towards the cigarette storage in the back. He hatched his plan.

Panic stations

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When Mary was in the back, he hit the panic button. The police arrived. When she walked out of the storage unit, she had comically hidden backs of cigarettes on her clothes. She was caught red-handed.

Say goodbye

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The manager came back and saw what happened. Mary was fired on the spot.

Was he in the right?

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The man was happy with the revenge he extracted. But he posted the story to an online forum to see if they felt the punishment fit the crime.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “Once she knowingly put your job in jeopardy, then game on. Well played.”

While another commented, “Greed is what gets them caught every time! Good for her! I wonder how much she managed to get away with before you accidentally got her caught.”

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