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extranormal

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Can I just take this?
« on: October 09, 2008, 07:39:12 PM »
This past weekend, I volunteered at our library's used book fundraiser. I was tidying books when I heard a young man say, "Can I just take this?" He was holding a paperback book priced at 50 cents.

I could see that the poor lady working the cash table was wavering. The young man wasn't threatening, and in fact asked quite pleasantly, but he was also enormous and kind of looming over her. She said, "You mean you don't want to pay?" He confirmed that this was the case.

Now, pre-EHell, I might have just let him have the book. It was near the end of the day and we donate our leftovers, anyway. But there were several other customers watching to see what would happen, so I thought of you all standing behind me.

"No."

It worked! Just plain NO. He put the book down and wandered away. No drama.

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Re: Can I just take this?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2008, 10:24:24 PM »
I'm betting the book wasn't How To Win Friends And Influence People.

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Re: Can I just take this?
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2008, 12:49:25 PM »
I'm betting the book wasn't How To Win Friends And Influence People.

LOL, no, I'm guessing it was The Tax Man by Brian Cockerill.




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Re: Can I just take this?
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2008, 11:41:27 PM »
I'm betting the book wasn't How To Win Friends And Influence People.

Pity, he could have used it.

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Re: Can I just take this?
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2008, 11:52:56 PM »
I had a kid do this with a magazine when I worked at a bookstore.  When I explained he'd have to pay he walked back over to the magazine rack, slipped it under his shirt, and walked out with it.   ::)

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Re: Can I just take this?
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2008, 06:35:35 PM »
I had a kid do this with a magazine when I worked at a bookstore.  When I explained he'd have to pay he walked back over to the magazine rack, slipped it under his shirt, and walked out with it.   ::)

Isn't that shoplifting?!  :o

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Re: Can I just take this?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2008, 07:09:08 PM »
Uhhh, what?  So, it's no, you have to pay, or...you could just steal it??!?

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Re: Can I just take this?
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2008, 09:21:32 PM »
I had a kid do this with a magazine when I worked at a bookstore.  When I explained he'd have to pay he walked back over to the magazine rack, slipped it under his shirt, and walked out with it.   ::)

Isn't that shoplifting?!  :o

Yep.  I wasn't willing to run him down, even if I had been allowed to.  I had reported him to a manager to watch him when he asked for the magazines for free, but the manager got busy.

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