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Dec. 21st, 2005

back home early tonight, due to a mondo headache. sure, my headache is improving some, but they had already given me the okay to go home, so who's to dispute? certainly not i.

i still had massive shakes by the time i got to work, coupled with massive dizziness, and a bit of nausea. one half hour into my shift, i got to be partner in the Great Computer Theft of 2005.

basically, two women (who claimed they didn't know each other, but turned out to be cousins) came into the store empty-handed. one of them grabbed a $350 printer/camera combo and walked out the door, setting off the alarm. coworker Liz approached her and asked if she could deactivate it and see her receipt. the lady said that she didn't feel like showing her the receipt, and kept walking. at nearly the same time, another coworker said he saw a woman pushing a cart with a computer in it across the parking lot, did anyone just ring her up for it? no.

so manager steve and i went outside. he was talking in his calm steve voice to her, while she was flapping her arms and screeching at him that he was mistreating her because she is blllack. coworker alex, in the meantime, was talking to the camera combo lady, and said that she wouldn't show her receipt. steve told me to stand next to arm flapping giant angry woman and make sure she didn't leave with the computer, and went to the other customer. i made sure to watch the entire thing. he never touched the customer, but touched the merchandise, at which point, the girl started thrashing around and trying to run with the camera. steve handed it to alex and told him to take it inside, and for someone to call the police.

steve then comes over back to angry lady and myself, and asks to see the receipt. she doesn't have no receipt, she says, her husband has it, but this lady here *points at me* was working behind customer service when i came in and she asked me if i needed help! she asked me!!!". i inform her that i've been working in the back of the store my entire shift. fine, give your husband a call, steve says, but in the meantime, we need to ask you to come back inside. the lady turned around to freak out on him again, as coworker joel sneaks up and grabs the computer from behind her.

the police show up, and as i'm the primary witness to both incidents, i'm pulled into the tiny manager's office with two policemen, manager steve, and the screaming women. i feel like i'm in an episode of C.O.P.S., as the camera person was handcuffed, read her rights, and then slammed repeatedly into the door by the police officer, because she isn't following directions and is resisting arrest, all literally 3 feet from where i'm awkwardly standing. the women kept screaming double, triple, quadruple negatives "I AIN'T DID NO NUTHIN! WHY YOU HURTIN ON ME? LISSEN! LISSSEN! I AIN'T SHOWING YOU NO RECEIPT, THIS IS BEYOOOOOND THIS, NOW, YOU PUNCHED ME IN THE FACE!" (to manager steve).

i got to see the game of Good Cop, Bad Cop unfold right before my eyes. the officer that was slamming the girl into the door wouldn't listen to any excuse she gave, asked where her dope was (after pulling out a little baggy of .. stuff.. from her purse in looking for the receipt), had ME go through her purse (awk-waaaaard) to find an officemax receipt, and was a total jerk to her. he searched her and went through her pockets, throwing her change, cell phone and other things on the floor. other officer comes in and says "i totally understand why you're upset, ma'am, but you need to understand it from our point of view... you can feel free to pick up the rest of your belongings, miss." "oh, you want me to crawl on the floor and pick up the stuff like some DOG? he THREW my stuff on the floor. He THREWD IT! i ain't no DOG to be crawlin round for your pleasure!"

neither were taken to jail, and they had to leave the merchandise at the store, pending their coming up with a receipt. the camera girl will be charge with trespassing should we ever see her again.

the whole thing was awkward, as i HATE confrontation of any kind. i was asked questions in front of the women, and then freaking left ALONE with them while they would converse with steve. um, hi. i've always felt i was a bit of an empath, and the whole situation had me shaking even harder in my proverbial shorts.

In other news, i actually have a THREE FREAKING DAY WEEKEND ahead of me. i almost cried in joy when i saw next week's schedule - sun, mon, tues off. even if i work one or two of those days at michael's, it's still glorious.

glorious, i say.

i love having a cat that is ecstatic to see me when i come home.

and TRIPLE SQUEE for coming home and finding a package from belenen sitting on my chair. i put it under the tree - didn't you say we couldn't open them until Christmas? i poked my hand in it to fish out the card and didn't read anything on it that said yay or nay, but it looked like something might be coming unwrapped inside, so i just put the whole giant manilla envelope under the tree! (it's the first thing under there!)

I'M SO EXCITED!

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hotarunokokoro
Dec. 22nd, 2005 06:16 am (UTC)
*BIG HUGZ* lets hear it for 3 day weekends!
^_^
eternitywaiting
Dec. 22nd, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
uuuuuuuugh, loony customers. And they always get worse when the police are involved, like that somehow proves their innocence....

And she even told me I wasn't allowed to open the card. Gah. Oh, these gifts are making the trip with me to my in-laws so I don't have to wait 'til the 26th to open them.
aubkabob
Dec. 22nd, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)
ha ha, i may have misread something somewhere, so oops if i accidentally opened something that i shouldn't have!

guess that will teach me to go read up before i start ripping things apart, eh?
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toomuchfashion
Dec. 22nd, 2005 06:32 am (UTC)
I swear, the craziest shit happens at office supply stores. But a 3 day weekend always makes up for madness LOL. Have a great holiday :)
aubkabob
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
ha, looking back to how hard i was working back then, i REALLY feel like a lazy schleeze now: oh my gaw, i had to work four days in a ROW! hee hee.
bigstusexy
Dec. 22nd, 2005 06:33 am (UTC)
Ouch!

Get some rest and forget about it! The Stu says so :P
aubkabob
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
mm, rest. part of me wonders if i could feasibly take a nap before work today. hrm, i have to leave in two hours...
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beyondthebath
Dec. 22nd, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
Hey - at least you don't have to work on the day after Christmas!!! Big yay for that!
macmanchad
Dec. 22nd, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
You have the craziest things happen to you at work.
aubkabob
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
not as much as i used to. i almost added 'sadly', but methinks that it's better that way.
johnkeats
Dec. 22nd, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)
Wow that sounded like a massively bad time. This reminds me
of the joys of working at JC Pennys during the holidays all
over again. *chuckle* Enjoy the 3 day weekend it sounds like
you need it.
aubkabob
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
it's amazing what comes out of the woodwork that time of year! my store is starting to get some of the crazies now that back to school is in near full swing.

joy.
cathedralscream
Dec. 22nd, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
Dude, either those women were very brazen or very stupid thieves. Your post makes me want to break into the Bad Boys song hehehe! Sorry you had to go through that. I wouldn't have wanted to be left alone with them at all.
aditu
Dec. 22nd, 2005 10:21 am (UTC)
Holy crap what an awkward freaky scene. People are so nuts sometimes...I'm glad you have some time off. :) Are you continuing with Michael's after the holidays?
aubkabob
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
it's amazing how many people (online and off) that think i still work at michaels, though i barely have time enough as it is to work one job, school, band, etc., let alone a SECOND job. egads.
wallbrat
Dec. 22nd, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
*blinks* Now that's insane. We've had theft. You can't get away from it. We've never had scenes like that though. Talk about surreal.

Three day weekend? How cool. I sense sleep in your immediate future. *L*

Your card got here today. That made my day. *grins and hugs her*

Oh yes. Coffee is definitely in our future. :)
aubkabob
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
i'll salute the coffee i'm drinking right at this moment to YOU! salute! we're starting to get a few of the weirdos now that back to school is officially almost starting.

egads. i've had more people rudely demand that i double bag things more times in the last couple of days than the rest of the year combined, as well as the people that withhold their merchandise and hand you things one by one as they scruitinize the register to make sure things are ringing up correctly, all the while staring at you like you are PERSONALLY trying to rip them off.

it's going to be a long month, it is.
idioscosmos
Dec. 22nd, 2005 10:59 am (UTC)
Well, you have to give her credit for, you know, taking the drugs out of the baggie before going to the store and doing the thing that might get her arrested. I mean, if she did indeed have drugs in the baggie in her purse.
aubkabob
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
it still amazes me in retrospect that the police officers almost freaking let those women go home with the merchandise they were trying to steal, as long as they promised to NEVER COME BACK. sheesh. give me a free computer and i'll be ecstatic to never return to the place that gave it to me!
aintesduck
Dec. 22nd, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
I wonder why I don't miss being in retail... oh, that's right.
aubkabob
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
also scenes like this remind me as to why i never want to be in management. i don't handle aggression and confrontation well.

which is silly, as i'm quite certain i'll get a LOT of it being a nurse in a hospital.
grlleastlikely
Dec. 22nd, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
well shhheeeit. that's something. funny after the fact though. i'd not have been happy.
aubkabob
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
and what was fun and amazing about it all, too, was that i actually got a $20 gift card out of the deal, for being such an "outstanding witness".
beccak1961
Dec. 22nd, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
I can't believe they left you alone with those women, you could have been in danger! *hugs*
hazard77506
Dec. 22nd, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
Right!!! WTF! Why did they leave you in there with them>??? THATS assinine!
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default
Dec. 22nd, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
Aww :) It's good to step out of your comfort zone now and then, even if it is to deal with a great computer heist. At least you're OK! No guns pulled or anything.
aubkabob
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
that's one really good thing, at least - most people are not that insane over stealing electronics.

on that note, it still creeps me out (and saddens me) that some guy just waltzed in and stabbed my brother's friend at work a block from my work, never having met her before. he told police "i just wanted to hurt a female when i left the house today, it didn't matter who." so i suppose it could HAPPEN.

after that incident, we've all been uber careful when approaching odd people. we even let our regular nosepicker ipod guy walk off with a bag of chex mix because he gave us a weird look.
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