Drug stores, small shops and big-box stores have all been hit so hard by shoplifting in recent years that it’s understandable they’re doing everything they can to prevent the crime.
It’s no longer uncommon for drug store patrons to see a security officer stationed at the front door or to find items like razor blades and high-priced shampoos secured in locked cases.
But one new shoplifting prevention method being employed at the Walgreens at 300 E. Cornwallis Dr. is causing some double takes for late-night shoppers who enter the store.
As of Tuesday, Jan. 31, shoppers at night are greeted with a sign that states, “Attention. We will NOT be able to allow ANY large purses or bags in the store at this time.” The sign also apologizes for the inconvenience.
However, it is once inside the store that shoppers notice the drastic change: Every night now, the store removes the shopping carts and hand-held baskets in an effort to prevent thieves from using those to shoplift.
A store employee said the step was just one more prevention method implemented at that store and noted that that particular measure may not be practiced at other Greensboro Walgreens locations since the other locations in the city are not open all night.
It’s a sad state of affairs because this latest not only prevents shoplifting but also reduces the amount of shopping that can be done by paying customers.
The Walgreens, like many stores across Greensboro, has been hit repeatedly by shoplifters.
In one notable case, in September of 2021, a man – now known as the “Body Wash Bandit” – entered the Walgreens with a large tote bag walked straight to the personal hygiene section in the back and stuffed the bag full of body wash and related products.
According to some internet sites devoted to combating shoplifting, personal hygiene items have a relatively high resale value at flea markets and other places where ill-gotten gains may be sold.
Hey …shoot a few. Many the word will pass around on the streets.
Tell them that they can only enter if they have a clear bag or backpack. That way you can see what they have stolen with the five finger discount.
Good one or leave your license at the door but instill privacy somehow.
Any arrests here?
What’s surprising about this this has been going on for years. Don’t buy the products or ask serious questions about where it came from. Those questions won’t be received well.
Oh heck,it’s Trumps fault. Poor crackheads have to steal.
Poverty generates shoplifting. Retailers should be undertaking efforts to establish adequate numbers of jobs with livable wages in their communities. It would not only reduce shoplifting, it would also increase patronage.
Your naïvete is incredible….
Quick, put down Hugo’s Les Misérables! Unlike France in the 1800s, poverty is no excuse for stealing. There are more social service options than one can count, add churches, food banks , then tell me why ANYONE needs to break the 8th Commandment–as for jobs, I have yet to see ANY business not pleading for help–would the jobs have the salary that meets your requirements? Maybe, but any income when one is in need should be welcomed. Besides, self-respect & a clear conscience can’t be measured in dollars. And I would wager a month’s mortgage payment that few, if any, of the thieves invading & looting, are even remotely impoverished–and I’m 100% certain of my chances of winning.
And retailers should have large bins in the front of the store offering basics like hygiene products, high-protein snack foods, sports drinks, OTC medications, prescription drugs especially pain killers and anti-depressants, socks, underwear, blankets, clothing, grooming & beauty products, jewelry, watches, makeup, candy, smokes, lotto tickets … you get the picture. That way they wouldn’t even have to enter the store to pick out what they want to shoplift and since it’s all free it wouldn’t be called shopping or lifting.
Most of the people involved in these crimes don’t want a job a job requires rules and following orders it’s easier to steal. I know this personally as having a relative who did this for several years he had several good jobs, made good money $20- 25 an hour just didn’t want to do what was expected he’s in prison for the third time now. So Janet don’t blame the people offering jobs or the wages place the blame where it belongs
Poverty has nothing to do with it.
Amoral dishonest and dishonorable people have everything to do with it.
Well, duh. The decline of ethics and morality, along with the collapse of the family, brings all this about.
Enabled & encouraged by the LEFT; who wants anarchy, so they can save us.
See: Democrat Playbook.
So you agree with me… right?
If so, assail the person who wrote the comment, not me.
“Poverty generates shoplifting”
You are ill-informed. Bad people with a moral compass generates shoplifting.
Janet, I too believe that flies cause garbage. If you think these dregs you hand you money to at the stoplights want a damn job you are dumber than the average idiot! They don’t buy body wash with your money dum dum. THEY BUY DRUGS! THEY BUY BOOZE! You are a FN enabler! You are the cause of shop lifting! You are the problem. You FN communist progressive liberals set up these “feel good” shelters for these poor homeless bums which only takes away their incentive TO FIND A JOB. What the hell do you want with a job if someone will feed you and someone, lots of liberals, will buy their damn drugs? Why? Wait! What Happened? Oh! THATS THE TRUTH JANET! Don’t blame everyone else. Most of the time the problem can be found in me, the mirror.
Unfortunately, where there’s a will, there’s a way. But I have personally witnessed people blatantly walking out of Sheetz with cases of beer all while the cashier shrugged their shoulders and said ” I’m not chasing him. My life is worth more than that Heineken”…..I agree…. Walgreens is a company that isn’t feeling the heat from the fire when it comes to not having money. A security guard def is a deterrent. All (commercial)companies can afford to pay a security guard to bring the shoplifting down a little. The cashier’s work for minimum wage at best and do not want to risk their life for the Pocket change that’s given as a paycheck. Because say someone is stealing and I run after them and I’m shot and die instantly. You think WALGREENS or CVS or WALMART or SHEETZ will show appreciation and take care of my children financially for my sacrifice over body wash, razors and Gain? I think not.
We all tend to forget about the fact that WE, consumers, have made these companies rich. Supply and demand and all that , I understand. Stealing is wrong, I understand. But what do you call it when an item is marked up and then put on “sale” for the actual price. Same thing as celebs flaunting all of their money and vacations and cars and crap that isn’t even needed on TV to our living rooms while we watch and DREAM & WISH we had it all. When we are the reason they do! We buy their music, merch, etc. The world isn’t getting any better guys.
There’s an article on Fox8 at this moment showing tons of local stores being fined for overpriced items.
Soon it probably will be all of us running out of the Walgreens with necessities under our arms bc the world is going to .
While it is common for people to steal items they can resale, there are a few that need certain things desperately and may feel there’s no choice. I’m not condoning nor making excuses. I’ve worked in retail/customer service for over 20 yrs. I’ve experienced single mothers caught with baby gas drops or baby Tylenol in their bag/pocket because although they WERE working, no criminal history, no substance abuse issues, all of their money paid for the roof over their children’s head as well as utilities. I realize it’s no excuse, but these situations are hard to choose a side of the fence. I’m a mom. If it were bad enough and I was literally doing everything I could and were a productive member of society but still barely making it, would I do whatever I could to make sure my children had what they needed? Would you? People that have never had to worry about money will say absolutely not I’m sure. But guess we’ll see eventually huh…..
I will be sure not to shop there as I need a shopping cart while shopping. Are they not prosecuting shoplifters?
Keeping armed security on retail premises is a considerable expense, not to mention the legal costs. If I were clerking, I would risk my person in order to intervene – security would not be in my job description. No more will there be a Bronco Billy to save the day.
I believe greed and privilege generate shoplifting. I see most people that can’t afford products sell their ebt, do without, use coupons or hit up food pantries
You’re right, the standard operating procedure for most SNAP recipients is to sell their food stamps benefits for 50 cents on the Dollar, cash.
And those people are the most feckless, dishonest, lazy, and mendacious people you’ll ever meet. There’s a reason they are living in squalor and poverty, and they see that reason whenever they look in the mirror.
I know. I’m in the food business.
They deserve their plight, and no-one will ever be able to lift them up – except themselves.
The Walgreens at 300 Cornwallis is open 7/24 and I’ve shopped at this location for decades. The entire staff has always been extremely friendly and helpful no matter what time I shop.
I’ve often thought about their safety working throughout the night in a retail store and pharmacy.
The 24 hour CVS is right across the street
Maybe both stores should consider closing at midnight and reopen at 6am. However, these 2 stores are the closest to Moses Cone Hospital. We all could potentially need them to be open. I don’t think it is too much to ask to comply with the new policy.