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.
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.
Mark & Juanita wrote:
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.
Rico wrote in message ...
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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