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Yeah the naive times we live in... Lifted from the article is this quote:
"I realize the ultimate cost [of theft] comes back to me in the form of price increases," Tatro said.
That blows me away. The market for home improvement stores is relatively tight competition -- HD has only limited flexibility to pass on theft losses to the customer. I would be amused to find that better surveillance correlates with lower prices for customers at big box retailers. My guess is that the reason for implementing security cams in a massive scale is to protect the bottom line so the stock price stays up and C_O's can keep the large numbers of zeroes in the pay checks. Big businesses aren't about serving the customer.
Cynically,
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I hope they are also going into biometric face scanning technology. That way they can eventually link names with faces at checkout time. Or scan all stores automatically for know offenders faces. That is the digital advantage and it is done in more places than casinos.( why did you think they scan your photo ID when you sign up for players club cards and such?) But it is all good for security and one day crooks won't even be able to go outside. But on the other hand, the mis-identifications have been fiascos. Over all I am in favor of it. It isn't cheap.
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Mark & Juanita wrote:

How nice.
So who *else* has been nailed by HD's defective shoplifting detectors?
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Maybe instead of watching me they should be watching the orange aprons all congregated in some remote corner of the store.
TomL
On Thu, 18 Sep 2003 03:41:20 GMT, Mark & Juanita

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TomL wrote:

I expect that's part of the plan.
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I wish it was part of the plan. I love Home Depot, up until I need help with something or want to check out. Invariably there is a herd of orange at the back of some remote aisle. Half the time I feel like Indiana Jones trying to find someone. Then when you get to the checkout and heaven forbid the item you have doesnt scan or has no bar code you can stand there until the next Olympic Games occurs. I tried to buy a single 8' piece of 1x3 maple the other day and could have grown the tree myself buy the time it got rang up. I tell the girl, "It's maple, $1.10 a linear foot, $8.80." I stood there 10 minutes to get it rung up. Sad.
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forbid
got
take a pencil and paper with you. if the item you pick up off the shelf doesn't have a sku on it, write it down. it'll save you a LOT of time, as i've found out.

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On Thu, 18 Sep 2003 21:38:50 GMT, "Gredo Goldenstein"

Try standing there screaming "customer service in plumbing!" (or whatever appropriate place). It works wonders, just don't do it if you plan on going back too often. ;-)
Oh, yeah, don't tell anyone *I* suggested it.
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