Okay so there I was right... ...it was a dark and coolish morning as the sun rose over the Sierras, bringing blissful rays of sunshine through the glass window as I sat at the high table in the cafe in the corner of the grocery store next to my gym. As I do many mornings. My favorite checkout girl (we will call her Nancy, but Nancy is not her real name) says hi to me, and we shoot the bull over various home remodels and things going on. You see, Nancy is not young and nubile, but rather she is looking at retirement from the store on the horizon. Don't get me wrong, I'd still hit it in a heartbeat. The store? A mostly west coast supermarket chain, a couple steps up from Safeway. It's considered one of the better chains. They have pretty good meat and produce. They are too expensive to buy canned stuff and dry goods on a daily basis, given the proximity of the welfare warehouse store a couple blocks away. But that's not what I am here to talk about. Flash back a couple months ago. Tweaker crackhead is tweaking in the store, Nancy asks him to leave, he does not comply. There is no store security. None. Zippo. Nada. I threw his azz out. Fast forward to this morning. 1. Street looking dude makes a beeline for the door carrying a drink and a sandwich. I knew he was making a grab and run. I watch him leave. I do not play enforcer unless I see a safety issue. Nancy asked the cafe if the guy paid for the stuff. Nada. We talked about him and people like him. 2. Not two minutes later, a tweaker girl in a tattered denim skirt comes in with her arm over her head, and walks about the store for several minutes. She returns to the front, grabs a shopping cart, and proceeds to load up with pretty much most of the store staff watching. Nancy informs me that by corporate policy, they aren't even allowed to confront offenders. They are simply asked to note what is being stolen and then phone loss prevention at corporate and that is pretty much the end of it. Nancy was incredibly ****ed over the whole thing. Nancy said the whole store was ****ed over the whole thing. Nancy said for me not to tell anyone about the store's policy or Nancy would be fired. I think I can paraphrase in vaguities and honor the intent of her request. Tweaker ho left with about roughly five hundred dollars in merchandise. This is bad on a lot of levels. Yes, I get it, store employees are clerks and stockers, not combat soldiers or cops. But they aren't even allowed to CALL the cops (not that they would show up anyway for petty theft.) It just occurred to me that this could escalate in to a personal safety issue over time. This tweaker ho did what she did because she knew she could and she knew she wouldn't get called on it. Okay, theft is one thing, your store, your policy, whatever, if I don't like the price escalation to factor this in I'll go somewhere else (I only buy meat and coffee from them anyway.) What about when it turns violent? Thugs think it's okay to perform armed robberies on customers because they know they can get away with it? This is insanity. They can employ an armed guard for a fraction of the cost of their losses. I have mixed feelings about where to go from here. A part of me wants to write a letter to corporate and let them know how I feel. Another part of me wants to cc it to the local newspaper and TV stations. I dunno, what think thee.