Five-finger discount

How may shoplifting be prevented and detected? United States retailers use lots of methods. The most popular is for stores to use closed circuit television to prevent losses. The second most popular method is to attach security tags to merchandise, which causes an alarm to sound when a person leaves the store. Other stores have employees pretend to be real shoppers; they browse and try on merchandise, but they are really looking for possible shoplifters. Uniformed guards may act as a deterrent. Other stores, such as Costco, check shoppers’ purchases against their sales receipts. Sometimes employees will greet customers, follow them, and offer assistance, which, of course, makes shoplifters uncomfortable. Some merchandise is locked in a case. I’ve witnessed all of these methods, but I didn’t know about bottom of basket mirrors. In grocery stores, mirrors help cashiers see the entire basket to make sure customers pay for everything.

Tbilisi grocery stores have their own method, which apparently works quite well. They post the photographs of shoplifters.

You never want to see your photo here


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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