Today I was going in to a grocery store when I saw a young man hurrying out towards me. It all happened so fast, that my brain didn't really process it all, but I noticed he was holding something. As he hurried past me, and then began running through the parking lot, I realized that the things he was holding hadn't been paid for! I looked inside to see if I could see anyone to notify, but there wasn't anyone nearby. I whirled back around to see where the boy went, but could just see the back of his head as it disappeared behind a car at the other end of the parking lot.
I decided that I needed to tell someone, even if they couldn't catch him. I thought that maybe they could watch their security camera footage so that they could watch for this kid if he came again. So when I went to check out, I told the checker. I was really surprised at her unconcerned attitude. She told me that when she took that job, she had to sign a paper that required that if she did see a shop lifter leave the store, she wouldn't chase after him. She said that it is a security issue. That reminded me of the time that I tried to catch a shop-lifter. That event could have ended very badly, and I was just lucky I didn't get hurt. So I understood what she said. But I didn't understand why she didn't report it to someone! Maybe they just think this is part of the expense of having a store, and they just let it go? I don't know what she was thinking, but isn't it sad that people like that boy cause the store to have to raise prices for the rest of us?