[QUOTE]\nWhat part?\n\n\nYes, that is very true, but we have separate issues to address. You got my\npoint since the problem of "inventory loss" generated by internal loss is\nmore a result of inept management and *shouldn't* be lumped in with\nshoplifting. Ultimately the customer pays for all the costs of a store\ndoing business, but I get sick of hearing them use the old excuse of higher\nprices being a direct result of shoplifting. Employee theft is a different\nanimal than consumer theft.[/QUOTE]\n\nWhoa! Employees are not consumers? The employee would be a consumer\nif he purchased the item from the store he works for. The employee\nthat steals an item and sells it to someone or uses it himself is\ndepriving the store of a consumer. Same cat, different foot.\n\nThe category is theft. Theft by walk-ins and theft by employees are\nonly sub-catagories. They are different issues only in how the store\ncontrols the action. The result to the store is the same.\n\nThe guy at the door at Costco that checks your purchases against your\nreceipt is controlling both theft by walk-ins and theft by employees.\nHe's checking theft by employees where the inspected person is in\ncollusion with a cashier who has not rung up an item in the cart.\nHe's also checking that an item was hidden from view and not rung up.