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(WWL)   Thief to jewelry store clerk: "Do you mind if I put these two Rolexes valued at $75,000 on at the same time to compare them?" Clerk: "Why no, not at all, my good fellow." Thief: Bye-yee   ( wwl.com) divider line
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2013-08-14 08:20:06 AM  
2 votes:
I'm not sure I could do that without saying "Yoink!"
2013-08-14 08:11:56 AM  
2 votes:
Can't close the sale if you don't let the customer test the wares, right Oprah?
2013-08-14 10:03:08 AM  
1 vote:

jso2897: Not in uptown, high-line jewelry stores. They don't do "loss prevention" (to the public - they are fierce on their employees) because it turns off rich, hig-class people, and they go away nad don't buy your stuff.

Why?  Why would they feel threatened? It's an additional safety measure that they directly benefit from in the event of a robbery.  If I'm looking at expensive watches, it means that I can probably afford them.  If I can afford them, I probably have other items on my person that are worth a lot of money as well.

If this is the case, I'd much rather go to a store with heightened security.
2013-08-14 09:56:28 AM  
1 vote:

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: A guard costs a ton of money and when it comes down to it there is not a lot they can legally do.

No they don't.  There are established reputable firms that will offer their services to any business that wants it, and for a heck of a lot cheaper than you think.  Grocery stores use them all the time, which leads me to my previous statement about what they "can" and "cannot" do.

Also, whey the hell would upscale clientele feel threatened by security?  If anything, the ex-linebacker sitting at the door should make them feel safer.
2013-08-14 09:51:10 AM  
1 vote:
I am calling BS on a submariner costing 34000K...

And a used 16 year old platinum rolex being 42K?  uhhh.

I smell slow sales and insurance claim.
2013-08-14 09:34:28 AM  
1 vote:

DrBrownCow: Would it really be out of line for a store located on the edge of the French Quarter and right across the street from a casino to check a photo id and method of payment before handing over 70k dollars in merchandise?   Or, are people who really can afford $40,000 watches so sensitive that they would be offended or made to feel less special?

I'm surprised that a jewelry store on Canal St wouldn't have a panic button that auto locks the door.  Oh well, their insurance will take care of the loss.
2013-08-14 09:34:05 AM  
1 vote:

jso2897: There might have been - there isn't much detail in the story - but I 've seen and heard of door goons being successfully evaded - and often, they are not allowed to use any force to detain anyone. As a store owner (when I was one) I would NEVER allow it.

Have you ever seen loss prevention in action?  I've seen people get tackled over a carton of cigarettes.
2013-08-14 08:55:23 AM  
1 vote:
In Philadephia, they're worth fifty bucks.
2013-08-14 08:54:54 AM  
1 vote:

PainInTheASP: I'm wondering why the hell the guard that was sitting at the door didn't clothesline the dude with his nightstick.

You sell genuine Rolex watches, so you must have a guard sitting by the door, right?


I will explain this to you the best I can, based on my 25 some-odd years in that business.
The jeweler - especially the high-line jeweler - faces a dilemma. His goods are extremely valuable, and if he were a bank, he would keep them locked away in a deep vault.
But he isn't a bank. He actually has to SELL the stuff - useless stuff that costs vast quantities of money. And NOBODY is going to pay for it if the don't love it, because they don't need it.
You can't sell fine jewelry from behind bullet-proof glass. People want to handle it, fondle it, smear their funky DNA all over it before they'll love it. And every little once in a while, one of those people turns out to be a thief, and evades security. The snatch and grab and the smash and grab are a reality, and you can't sell high line jewelry to classy customers in a hostile, security oriented setting that could prevent them with certainty.
(Note - there are shiatty pawn shops and so on that have security doors and so on - they are not high line jewelry stores)
So - it's a cost of doing business - one of the many things you pay for when you buy fine jewelry.
I understand that a lot of Farkers are amazed at the lax security, and suppose themselves clever and wise for pointing it out - they are just uninformed - but that's OK., because I just educated them.
2013-08-14 08:45:24 AM  
1 vote:
Sometimes it's the simplest crimes that are the most effective.
2013-08-14 08:36:35 AM  
1 vote:
what i'd like to know, is really, who's dumb enough to pay that kind of money for a farking watch ?
2013-08-14 08:17:25 AM  
1 vote:
I wonder what it's like to have so much money you can piss it away in shiat like a Rolex.
2013-08-14 08:16:50 AM  
1 vote:
At least the clerk will be able to tell time on his job hunt. He'll probably just get the $34,250.00 watch since his buddy will keep the more expensive one.
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