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(IndyStar)   News: Man steals $30,000 worth of earrings. Weird news: It happened at a K-Mart. Fark: One spinning rack of earrings works out to $30,000, according to the clerk. Sure it does   (archive.indystar.com) divider line 33
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NFA [TotalFark]
2013-12-22 10:54:33 PM
When I was in college back in the early 1980's, I worked at K-Mart in the camera and jewelry department.  Each night we would sweep up around the area and there would be dozens of empty ear ring packs on the floor where people would take them off the backing and put them in their pockets.
 
2013-12-23 12:22:19 AM
Cop math.
 
2013-12-23 12:24:38 AM
I'm sure the rack itself is valued at $29,750, so...

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2013-12-23 12:43:09 AM
cdn.frontpagemag.com
No... seriously...
 
2013-12-23 04:10:45 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: [cdn.frontpagemag.com image 427x320]
No... seriously...


That guy was awesome. Between him and Don Rumsfeld the lead-up to that war was comedy gold.
 
2013-12-23 04:36:15 AM
I didn't think there was $30 000 worth of merchandise in an entire Kmart store to begin with.... So I guess  I learnt something new today.
 
2013-12-23 04:40:07 AM
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In other words, it would take the average WalMart employee 2 years to buy them.
 
2013-12-23 04:40:31 AM
That clerk who tried to stop him is going to be looking for a new job soon.

/That's a firing
 
2013-12-23 04:46:09 AM
If you are going to risk felony charges steal something worthwhile.
 
2013-12-23 04:59:33 AM
That must have been a pretty big rack to hold 30,000 earrings.
 
2013-12-23 05:04:31 AM
To be fair, those department store display racks are awfully expensive.
 
2013-12-23 05:04:33 AM
getting the late gifting commercials from CVS/walmart/kmart having to do with jewelry.  seriously, if you have forgotten to get something at this point, you are 3 sheets to the wind during every normal business hour there is.  And several which aren't, seeing as the vast majority of stores have extended hours for xmas.  If you have to get something for your significant other at this point, try sweets.  Never steered me wrong, and a carefully placed note promising the item of their desire(previously requested) once it is in stock tends to smooth over any ruffled feathers.

/that or oral
//it's a toss up
 
2013-12-23 05:56:48 AM

NFA: When I was in college back in the early 1980's, I worked at K-Mart in the camera and jewelry department.  Each night we would sweep up around the area and there would be dozens of empty ear ring packs on the floor where people would take them off the backing and put them in their pockets.


The manager is either reclaiming losses for the week/month or pocketed some items themselves during inventory .
 
2013-12-23 06:05:55 AM

C18H27NO3: That must have been a pretty big rack to hold 30,000 earrings.


I understand the sentiment, but from what I vaugly remember those things are up to $30 each.  So 100-200 sets.  Doable.
 
2013-12-23 06:18:56 AM

fusillade762: Cop math.


RIAA math.

/so, lawyer math?
 
2013-12-23 06:41:16 AM

Firethorn: C18H27NO3: That must have been a pretty big rack to hold 30,000 earrings.

I understand the sentiment, but from what I vaugly remember those things are up to $30 each.  So 100-200 sets.  Doable.


Might wanna double check your math on that one.
 
2013-12-23 06:55:38 AM
Jeweller here. The most expensive thing on that rack was the rack its self. Otherwise, at a standard spinner earring rack size of 120 holders, those earrings were $250 each. Not at Kmart. Then again, most jewellery clerks have inflated senses of self-esteem and that usually covers the crap they sell as well.
 
2013-12-23 07:01:56 AM
were some of the earrings being 'stored in the till as cash' ?
 
2013-12-23 08:45:12 AM
Clerk was told there would be no maths.
 
2013-12-23 09:05:48 AM

Barfmaker: MaudlinMutantMollusk: [cdn.frontpagemag.com image 427x320]
No... seriously...

That guy was awesome. Between him and Don Rumsfeld the lead-up to that war was comedy gold.


Yup.  Haven't seen Ol' Bob for awhile, but he's been immortalized as a meme.  (Wonder what became of him?)
 
2013-12-23 09:06:13 AM

NFA: When I was in college back in the early 1980's, I worked at K-Mart in the camera and jewelry department.  Each night we would sweep up around the area and there would be dozens of empty ear ring packs on the floor where people would take them off the backing and put them in their pockets.


Suuuure. Every. single. night. you discovered all this stolen merchandise but management made no effort to simply lock it better or watch the rack. Because, you know, having dozens of items stolen from a 1x2 foot case (every day) is clearly impossible to stop and simply not important.
 
2013-12-23 09:22:44 AM
Well, let's do some math.

Small Rack:  3 sides (triangular prism), 4 rows of three holders, each holding 4 items.  3x4x3x4 = 144 items.  $30K/144 = $208-ish dollars a pop, on average.  That sounds expensive for K-Mart.

Medium Rack: 3 sides, 6 rows of four holders, each holding 4 items.  3x6x4x4 = 288 items.  So, $104-ish per item.  Still expensive.

Large Rack: 4 sides, 8 rows of five holders, each holding 5 items. 4x8x5x5 = 800 items. $37.50 per.  Closer, but still not expected.

That's assuming the rack was packed full, of course.
 
2013-12-23 09:49:15 AM

palelizard: Well, let's do some math.

Small Rack:  3 sides (triangular prism), 4 rows of three holders, each holding 4 items.  3x4x3x4 = 144 items.  $30K/144 = $208-ish dollars a pop, on average.  That sounds expensive for K-Mart.

Medium Rack: 3 sides, 6 rows of four holders, each holding 4 items.  3x6x4x4 = 288 items.  So, $104-ish per item.  Still expensive.

Large Rack: 4 sides, 8 rows of five holders, each holding 5 items. 4x8x5x5 = 800 items. $37.50 per.  Closer, but still not expected.

That's assuming the rack was packed full, of course.


This was the new mega-rack, an eight-foot-tall, six-panel rack with 3,200 earring pairs on it.
 
2013-12-23 09:54:59 AM
SoupJohnB:
Yup.  Haven't seen Ol' Bob for awhile, but he's been immortalized as a meme.  (Wonder what became of him?)

According to this ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baghdad_Bob ), he's living with his family in UAE.
 
2013-12-23 10:14:55 AM
Any jewelry that expensive to amount to $ 30,000/rack is likely kept under lock and key behind glass. The earrings you see on the rack, especially in a store as nice as K-mart, is the cheap earrings that cost pennies on the dollar to make.

/In other news, K-Mart is still around..
 
2013-12-23 10:22:10 AM

a21ozcoldcup: NFA: When I was in college back in the early 1980's, I worked at K-Mart in the camera and jewelry department.  Each night we would sweep up around the area and there would be dozens of empty ear ring packs on the floor where people would take them off the backing and put them in their pockets.

Suuuure. Every. single. night. you discovered all this stolen merchandise but management made no effort to simply lock it better or watch the rack. Because, you know, having dozens of items stolen from a 1x2 foot case (every day) is clearly impossible to stop and simply not important.


I worked mall retail for a store with a costume jewelry section. The most expensive thing we sold in it was probably $25. Every day, we'd find discarded tags and packaging under the racks where the brats had ripped off the jewelry. Going by the number of items stolen, it seemed terrible, but the store took such a tiny loss on costume jewelry that it wasn't a priority. Sure, we tried to watch the area and secure it best we could, but it's so easy to put a pair of earrings in a pocket and walk away that it's almost impossible to eliminate theft short of locking it all in a case, which discourages the customers who actually pay for their merchandise.
 
2013-12-23 10:44:46 AM

pasketti: SoupJohnB:
Yup.  Haven't seen Ol' Bob for awhile, but he's been immortalized as a meme.  (Wonder what became of him?)

According to this ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baghdad_Bob ), he's living with his family in UAE.


Thanks - I was being too lazy to research that, myself. :)
 
2013-12-23 11:10:59 AM

C18H27NO3: That must have been a pretty big rack to hold 30,000 earrings.


*shakes tiny fist*

Because when I think jewelry, I think KMart.
 
2013-12-23 11:54:37 AM
this is the number that they will send to the insurance company...
 
NFA [TotalFark]
2013-12-23 05:11:04 PM

a21ozcoldcup: Suuuure. Every. single. night. you discovered all this stolen merchandise but management made no effort to simply lock it better or watch the rack. Because, you know, having dozens of items stolen from a 1x2 foot case (every day) is clearly impossible to stop and simply not important.


Absolutely true.  But they weren't stolen from a case, there were multiple carousels of ear rings around the department.  Also, I once got volun-told to work with the night clean up crew.  I swept most of the store, another guy did the rest.  We pushed all of it into a big pile.  All of the stuff in the pile got throw away (per the clean up managers orders).  Thrown away, as in put in the trash compactor.  It was enough to fill a large contractor size garbage bag.  In addition to that, all watches that were returned were smashed with a hammer and thrown away.  K-mart would not accept returned ear rings but they would accept returned watches but would not resell the watches due to health concerns.  Keep in mind, at that time they actually sold watches with real diamonds around the bezel.  They were smashed with a hammer and tossed in the compactor by the department manager.
 
2013-12-23 06:03:19 PM
What a $30,000 rack might look like..

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/how the hell am I first? come on guys I know it's the holidays but we all got to pull together here.
 
2013-12-23 06:29:52 PM

Diego Dominguez: What a $30,000 rack might look like..

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/how the hell am I first? come on guys I know it's the holidays but we all got to pull together here.


thank you, I think everyone must be delirious from the holiday shopping binges
 
2013-12-24 09:13:06 AM

Firethorn: C18H27NO3: That must have been a pretty big rack to hold 30,000 earrings.

I understand the sentiment, but from what I vaugly remember those things are up to $30 each.  So 100-200 sets.  Doable.


Okay...$30x100 sets=$3,000.00 Where is the other 27,000 dollars? Thank you for your insight into the matter. I'm sure CSI is calling your other line.
 
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