Magazine article Personnel Journal

Employees Steal from Supermarkets as a Way to Get Even

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Employees Steal from Supermarkets as a Way to Get Even

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When it comes to employee theft, supermarkets are among the hardest-hit of all businesses. In a recent study conducted by Rosemont, Illinois-based London House and the Food Marketing Institute, supermarket employees admitted to stealing an average of more than $168 a year. What's more important, respondents estimated that co-workers pilfered an average of $1,040 a year. Multiply the figures to cover losses for a 100-store company, and the amount totals a whopping $2.5 million.

The most commonly stolen items? Cigarettes, meat, cheese, and health and beauty items. The problem isn't getting any better. During the past three years, the figures have increased by a staggering 400%--from $44.72 in 1989 to the current $168.48.

Why do employees, including managers, steal at such levels? The reasons are numerous. Clearly some feel disenfranchised and exploited. Says one employee, "During the last couple of years, the company has kept raising the standards and cutting back on the hours allotted to keeping those standards up. If you don't work off the clock, the job won't get done. …

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