Cashiers who work for retail businesses may not be the highest-paid workers in the company, but they have a great deal of responsibility. They handle large amounts of money every day and are acting as representatives of the store. When customers have a bad experience in a checkout line, they tend to remember that employee in their overall experience at the store. Conversely, when they have a good exchange with the cashier, customers are more likely to come back to the store and may even recommend it to others.
A cashier at a Home Depot store in another state may have made too good an impression on some customers, but for her own monetary gain. That's according to law enforcement authorities who have accused the woman of giving deep discounts to at least two customers in exchange for cash. She was recently charged with three related theft charges: felony retail theft, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
Police in Lower Pottsgrove Township, Pennsylvania, said store personnel investigated the woman earlier this month and accused her of twice selling items for significantly less than their listed price. They said the same female customer received a $50 price reduction in one transaction, and in another was able to purchase an item priced at $692 for just $6.92. In a third incident, police allege, the woman stole $400 cash from the register. She's also accused of selling merchandise at an unauthorized discount to a male customer.
When confronted about the incidents, the woman reportedly admitted to offering the discounts in exchange for cash that the customers gave her. The woman was arrested and jailed and awaits a court date this week to answer to the charges against her.
Property crimes like this one are taken just as seriously in Maryland. Convictions come with not just jail time and fines, but a heavy social stigma that can prevent defendants from moving on with their lives. Theft and larceny crimes will appear on a person's criminal record and stand in the way of obtaining a good job and perhaps even stable housing, making it extremely important for defendants to fight the charges against them.
Source: The Mercury, "Home Depot employee charged with theft," Feb. 8, 2013
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