A Move! reader lost his job after he was caught stealing money at work
IAM 23 years old and passed matric in 2014. After matric, I studied Information Computing Technology (ICT) at Central Johannesburg College, which I completed in record time.
LOOKING FOR A JOB
After completing my studies, I searched for learnerships, internships or jobs in the ICT sector with no luck. In January this year, I started looking for any job because I was tired of sitting at home doing nothing and it didn’t take long before I found a job in retail.
I started working in a store in one of the malls in Johannesburg, where I worked as a merchandiser for the first two months. I then trained as a cashier and started working at the till by the end of April.
I enjoyed working at the till and found it easer than being a merchandiser.
But the bad thing about working at the till is that you handle a lot of money while earning peanuts. We cashed up every day after the shift and this is where my temptation started. I was tempted to steal some money, thinking that no one would notice because we cashed up a lot of money.
GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER
The temptation got worse, but I fought it because I was taught that stealing is wrong.
But one day while cashing up, a R100 note fell on the floor and I didn’t see it, only to see it the following day when I was about to start my shift.
I was expecting the manager to ask me about the missing money, but he didn’t. I then told myself that no one would notice if some money went missing and started taking money from the till regularly after that.
THE RESULTS OF MY ACTIONS
One day the manager was busy doing the financial report when he noticed that money is missing.
When he told us about the missing money, one of the staff members advised him to check the store’s CCTV cameras to see who stole the money.
The manager found out it was me who stole the money and asked me to choose between leaving the store or calling the police. I didn’t want to be arrested so I left the store. I hope this is a lesson to others as I’m now jobless and living a life of regret. * Not his real name