A Witness to Shoplifting at Safeway on 19th Street in Midtown, Sacramento

Sunday I am in Safeway shopping. It is in Midtown, Sacramento at 19th and S. I’m in the liquor aisle looking for a sale on a 750ml bottle of vodka. There were two other people in the aisle. Some scruffy-looking white guy with a two-day growth of beard and a black guy wearing a backpack.

The Safeway Manager walked down the aisle and he answered some questions that the black man had about sales and types of liquor. The white guy grabbed a bottle and left the aisle, then the manager left too.

It was me and the black man. I was fumbling with my Safeway app on my Android phone trying to see if there was a sale I could take advantage of when the black guy, who was standing right beside me, made his decision and grabbed a bottle off the shelf. It was tequila I think.

This guy turned his back to me and shoved the bottle into his pants, then he grabbed a second bottle and shoved that one into his pants too, then he pulled his jacket down over the bottles and walked quickly out of the aisle and out of view.

I was stunned. And I was pissed off. So I followed him. I pushed my shopping cart quickly but soon fell behind. I looked around for an employee and I finally found one. I told him quickly pointing to the black guy walking out of the store at that very moment, that the SOB had two bottles of booze stuck in his pants. The employee was blase, happens all the time, he did little more than shrug.

HOLY CRAP! Someone who works here must CARE care about this injustice. So I went on toward the door the guy had walked out of seconds earlier. At the front door was a rotund, simple-looking security guard. I told him and the woman he was chatting to so amiably what I’d seen. The woman told me after a thief leaves the store there was nothing they could do. The pair of nitwits even told me they had suspected the bulge in the man’s clothing was something he was stealing.

But they explained that employees get fired for accusing someone of stealing and they could not risk their jobs to stop the theft. They assured me they would look at the store security video to see his face so next time they’d know to check his pants at the checkout counter.

Sacramento lawmakers can legislate all kinds of impotent laws but they can’t protect the rights of a shop owner to keep thieves from stealing their products? Do they mean to tell me that our laws are so warped that even the security guard paid to protect the store is afraid to stop a thief because he’ll be sued? Even if a customer witnessed the crime and reported it to him with 30 seconds of the guy leaving the store?

Seriously? Huh? Are you kidding me? Really? NO SxxT? WTF?

If that is the truth, if the woman overseeing the self-checkout aisle and the chubby Safeway security guard are not just lazy dimwits, then our system of laws is so far out of whack that we will never regain control of it.

Besides, watching that guy put liquor in his pants made me mad. It was wrong, and it costs me money. I pay higher prices for everything I buy because he steals.

Now if he were stealing bread for his children, OK, I get it. I’d even buy him a loaf of bread AND some peanut butter.

But two bottles of booze? Forget that that and sign him up for the LDS Church, I only buy drinks for people I like.

Next time I see that happen, I am making a loud, almighty stink. I am leaving the shopping cart to follow right on his heels and I am yelling at the top of my lungs all the way.

I will make an unholy stink about the the dirt bag. I will follow him out the door screaming, once we’re outside I will tackle him, break his bottles, and make a citizens arrest.

Next time I won’t be too stunned to act.

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