Lo­cal shoplifters be warned

Childers busi­ness own­ers and man­agers are mak­ing a stand against store crime ...

Isis Town and Country - - News - By JODIE DIXON

WITHIN the first five days of trade and open­ing the doors to the pub­lic, a shoplifter has up­set Raw Earth Foods owner John Wolfe.

Mr Wolfe said it was dis­ap­point­ing to wit­ness but the of­fender was caught on cam­era.

“I am hop­ing the shoplifter isn’t a lo­cal,” Mr Wolfe said.“I don’t want to name or shame but I won’t stand for it.”

An­other re­tailer, who spoke to Isis Town and Coun­try but asked to re­main anony­mous, said she had seen pho­tos and com­ments on so­cial me­dia of young teens boast­ing about what they stole be­fore school.

“Sho­plift­ing costs busi­ness thou­sands of dol­lars each year and it would be great to be name and shame of­fend­ers,” she said.

Ju­nior re­tail as­sis­tants were be­ing in­tim­i­dated by ag­gres­sive and un­ruly be­hav­iour from cus­tomers vis­it­ing the stores.

Sho­plift­ing was a crim­i­nal of­fence and re­tail­ers in Childers were in­stalling more CCTV to pro­tect goods and to catch of­fend­ers.

Mr Wolfe said he un­der­steed fi­nan­cial strug­gles but there was no need for sho­plift­ing.

“I am of the un­der­stand­ing some stores have taken it upon them­selves to ban peo­ple from their stores,”

“It’s not good for busi­ness, and it’s not good for small busi­ness,” he said.

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