Vermont Business Magazine 107.1 Frank FM’s TJ Michaels and Auctioneer Extraordinaire Jamie Polli will headline Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice’s 19th Annual Seasons of Life Fashion Show, Live Auction, and Dinner, Friday, October 26 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Montpelier.107.1 Frank FM’s TJ Michaels“TJ is a recognizable voice that many central Vermonters know and love,” says Kim Farnum, Manager of Community Relations & Development for CVHHH. “We are excited to welcome TJ, with his distinct voice and contagious smile, to Seasons of Life and to the CVHHH family.” Michaels knows, first hand, the benefits of the type of care that CVHHH provides. “Hospice made an impact on my family by making my grandmother’s remaining time comfortable and as meaningful as possible. I am honored to support Seasons of Life as this year’s emcee,” he said.Jamie Polli, auctioneer and founder of GameShowsVT.com, will offer amazing packages including a beachfront getaway in Placencia, Belize, a spa package for two at Topnotch Resort in Stowe, and a shopping spree to some of the boutiques participating in the show. Attendees can get a start on their holiday shopping at the India Hicks trunk show, with beautiful accessories and jewelry showcased by former CVHHH Board Member Karen Keene, an India Hicks rep. There will also be a Wine Pull featuring a selection of fine wines like the Bollinger Brut Cuvee, perfect for toasting the holidays.“I’d like to personally thank our top sponsors for supporting this event,” says Farnum. “They include Event Sponsor New England Excess Exchange; Venue Sponsor Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center; and Spotlight Sponsors Carmen Beck, in Honor of Paul Beck, Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac, and John Gardner of Gardner Insurance Services.”Seasons of Life is CVHHH’s largest annual fundraiser and event. For more information, visit www.cvhhh.org/SOL2018(link is external).
Insurance to cover fees and costs? Senior EditorIt is not an ethical violation for an attorney to buy an insurance policy that would cover his or her client from fees and costs imposed as a result of rejecting an offer under Florida’s unique offer of judgment statute, according to the Professional Ethics Committee.The committee was approached by Rick Kolodinsky who asked if it was ethical for him as an attorney to advance the cost of the premium on a policy that would indemnify the client if ordered to pay fees and costs under Florida’s offer of judgment law.The statute provides that if the plaintiff makes a settlement offer which is rejected and then fails to get 75 percent of that amount in a final award, then the plaintiff is liable for the defense attorneys’ fees and costs. Likewise if the award exceeds the offer by 25 percent, then the defendant is liable for the plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees and costs. The same principle applies if the defense makes a settlement offer.The law requires that the plaintiff or defendant — not their attorney — must pay those levies.Stephen Van Wert, an insurance broker who appeared at the meeting, said he sas in the initial stages of exploring whether it would be profitable to offer such insurance policies and wanted to make sure there were no ethical hitches before he went further.Kolodinsky and Van Wert noted that Florida’s offer-of-judgment law is unique in the nation, and any insurance policy would be offered only in Florida.“This product does not exist. This would be classified as an exotic insurance product, if the product is even viable,” Van Wert said. “If the attorney is not allowed to advance the [premium payment as a] litigation cost, pretty much the product is DOA. If it is allowed, then we have a product.”While policies would be offered to both plaintiffs and defendants, it would probably be used mostly by plaintiffs, since many defendants are insurance companies who can practically provide their own insurance, he added.Van Wert said the policy would be levied early in the case so “that the result is not predetermined.” He projected the policies would be offered for $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000 of coverage, with premiums running about 1 percent of the covered amount.Kolodinsky also argued that the policies would level the playing field, since poorer plaintiffs now are tempted to take a low settlement offer to avoid the prospect of being forced to pay the defense’s attorneys’ fees and costs.The proposal produced a lively debate among committee members.Committee member Pamela Seay said, “Looking at the statute, what it says is the imposition of costs, and attorneys’ fees are costs and sanctions. You cannot insure against a sanction. By allowing this to proceed and trying to allow this through an ethical rule, we are bypassing the purpose of the statute and we are creating a law of our own. I think we are wrong in doing that.”But committee Vice Chair Marti Chumbler disagreed.“The question of whether this is an allowable type of insurance is beyond the purview of this body. The only question is if there were this product, if this were an allowable product and the plaintiff elects to pursue it, can the attorney pay the premium. But for the litigation, you wouldn’t have that expense,” Chumbler said.Committee member Linda Brehmer-Lanosa saw a different problem.“I don’t think that which cannot be done directly should be allowed to be done indirectly,” she said. “The attorney can’t pay directly [the fees and costs] and this is indirectly paying them.”The committee voted 22-12 to modify a staff opinion, which said an attorney could not advance the cost of the premium on such an insurance policy. Instead the opinion will say the attorney can advance the cost of the premium and make the repayment of that cost contingent on the outcome of the matter, but that the Bar offers no opinion on whether the policies themselves are legal or comply with the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Insurance to cover fees and costs? October 1, 2009 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News
Global beverage company Coca-Cola is set to break a more than 130 year tradition to venture into the manufacture of alcoholic drinks.The company is currently experimenting with the manufacture of a popular type of Japanese alcopop known as Chu-Hi, containing distilled shochu alcohol mixed with flavoured carbonate water.The low alcohol canned drink will be launched in Japan, after which it might be spread to other countries across the world.The development was confirmed by Coca-Cola’s Japan president Jorge Garduño in an interview on the company’s website.“This is a canned drink that includes alcohol; traditionally, it is made with a distilled beverage called shochu and sparkling water, plus some flavouring. We haven’t experimented in the low alcohol category before, but it’s an example of how we continue to explore opportunities outside our core areas,” he said.“Coca-Cola has always focused entirely on non-alcoholic beverages, and this is a modest experiment for a specific slice of our market.Garduño, who did not however specify a timeline for the new product.The Coca-Cola Company, which is headquartered in Georgia, has operated a franchised distribution system since 1889, wherein The Coca-Cola Company only produces syrup concentrate, which is then sold to various bottlers throughout the world who hold exclusive territories.
Trevor Challis handed experience to a younger squad who he said “could only create little in a very challenging game.”The young Robins were unable to respond to the Ipswich threat at the SGS Wise Arena.They will be hoping for better fortunes when they next face Crewe Alexandra in the Professional Development League Two South league on Saturday, April 7th.City Under-18s: Robertson, Taylor, Webb, Towler, Burford, Harrison, K Smith, Owers, Bell, Hall, Harper.
12 August 2010Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa has announced a black economic empowerment deal worth over R9-billion that will see a 26% stake in the company being sold to the Ayigobi Consortium and a share trust that represents 8 500 of the company’s employees.In a statement this week, ArcelorMittal says the transaction fulfils key objectives, including moving toward compliance with legislated empowerment equity ownership requirements and positioning the company for future opportunities to achieve improved self sufficiency and growth.“Introducing broad-based BEE shareholders to our operations has been a priority for ArcelorMittal South Africa for some time,” said ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita.She said the company started looking at the possibility of an empowerment transaction in 2008, but that the global economic downturn made it impossible to implement a suitable transaction structure at the time. The company resumed its empowerment plans once some normality had returned to the markets.“This is a long term strategic partnership. The Ayigobi Consortium will remain a shareholder for up to 14 years, while the [employee share ownership plan] participants will benefit over a five year period,” she said.Industrial giant, catalyst for growthArcelorMittal South Africa’s new strategic equity partners will be the Ayigobi Consortium, led by Sandile Zungu. Other participants include Mabelindile Luhlabo, Mojalefa Mbete, Pragat Investments, Prudence Mtshali, Phemelo Sehunelo, Zebo Tshetlho, Zico, Oakbay Investments and Mabengela.The remaining 25% of the Ayigobi Consortium will be allocated to women, youth groups and new entrants to the BEE landscape whose composition is still being finalised.“The Ayigobi Consortium is pleased to be given the opportunity to partner ArcelorMittal South Africa. ArcelorMittal South Africa is an industrial giant that remains a catalyst to the realisation of South Africa’s inclusive economic growth and development potential,” said Zungu.“We have the requisite skills, business acumen, commercial experience and strategic networks to assist in making ArcelorMittal South Africa one of the most admired industrial leaders in South Africa and beyond.”New subsidiary createdTo effect the transaction, ArcelorMittal South Africa will transfer all its assets to a new wholly owned subsidiary, ArcelorMittal South Africa Operations (OPCO), in return for 74% of OPCO. The remaining 26% shareholding in OPCO will be 21% held by the Ayigobi Consortium and 5% by the employee share ownership plan.ArcelorMittal South Africa and OPCO will have identical boards of directors, and the Ayigobi Consortium will have the right to appoint one director to the board.“I look forward to welcoming our new partners, including more than 8 500 staff, to our business as shareholders and trust that, together, we will have a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Nyembezi-Heita.ArcelorMittal South Africa, formerly known as the Iron and Steel Corporation (Iscor), is majority owned by the world’s largest steelmaker, Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
11 September 2013Zimbabwe handed a mostly South African-based Bafana Bafana a 2-1 beating in an international friendly at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday evening.In fact, 18 of the players on the pitch at the start of the contest ply their trade in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). Goalkeeper Darren Keet was the only South African who plays his football outside of the country.CHANThe line-up revealed, perhaps, some of coach Gordon Igesund’s thinking ahead of next year’s African Nations Championships (CHAN), which take place in South Africa from 11 January to 1 February.The event will feature national teams made up of only home-based players. In the Zimbabwean match, however, Igesund was unable to select any players from Orlando Pirates, who were not considered because of club commitments.Perhaps, with the Buccaneers’ players playing in their backyard, the result might have been different, but Zimbabwe were full value for their victory.Scoring chanceThe Warriors took the game to Bafana Bafana and created a scoring chance in the very first minute, but Kaizer Chiefs striker Knowledge Musona fired high over the bar.Keet was then called on to deny Kingston Nkhatha by racing off his line to deny the Amakhosi’s man run onto a long ball.Khama Billiat enjoyed a fine game and was a constant thorn in the home team’s side. He came close with a long range effort, but was just off target.After good build-up play, Bernard Parker had a chance for Bafana Bafana 10 minutes from the break, but the Zimbabwean defence scrambled and conceded a corner.Reneilwe Letsholonyane then put in a good run, but the linesman blew the call and flagged him for being offsides.LeadFive minutes into the second half, the Warriors took the lead from a corner. After bringing the ball down smartly off his chest, Musona blasted the ball past Keet, with a powerful left-footed volley that left the goalkeeper helpless.Billiat posed another question when he tried to set Nkhatha up, but Keet was aware of the danger and came out quickly to snuff it out.Parker might have levelled for South Africa, but his header was off target, passing to the right of Washington Arubi’s goal.Tsepo Masilela narrowly missed out on scoring his first goal for Bafana Bafana in the 74th minute, but his shot frustratingly passed just over the bar.Wrong callZimbabwe should have taken a 2-0 lead 10 minutes from time, but Musona was blown up for being offside. Replays suggested the linesman got it wrong again.The match passed into time added on and four minutes after the regulation 90 Cuthbert Malajila put the Warriors two goals ahead after being set up by Nkhata, whose work left the Sundowns’ man needing only a tap-in to score.Parker snatched a late consolation goal for South Africa with a shot from distance, but there was no time left to find a second goal and Zimbabwe claimed the spoils 2-1.
The loss prevention associate finally caught them red-handed. For three months, he had been trying to catch these shoplifters in the act. This time, he saw it happen. The male removed the frying pan from the box. He filled the box with Blu-ray discs and resealed it, leaving it on a shelf. The female walked by and picked up the box on her way to the checkout counter, where she paid $9.95 for the frying pan. She was quickly apprehended and handcuffed. The male shoplifter reentered the store to find his partner and was caught as well. Inside the box were discs worth $700, and the whole thing was recorded on CCTV surveillance video.The LP associate called 911 to get the police on their way, then called his associates at other stores to tell them the good news. The police arrived, and he scratched out a quick statement about what the shoplifters had done, handed it to the officers, and watched them leave. A feeling of satisfaction swept over him; nothing beats the feeling of success.Two weeks later, a detective called and asked for a more detailed description of what was in the frying pan box. Another call from the detective; this time, he wanted a copy of the sales document and a written statement from the cashier. He also wanted to know who handled the CCTV surveillance video and whether there was any video from previous visits by these two suspects.- Sponsor – The LP associate had to wait two days for the cashier to come back on shift. She didn’t remember much about the incident, but she wrote down what she did recall. He scanned old CCTV surveillance video in an attempt to locate the shoplifter suspects on earlier visits. It was in there someplace, if he could only find it.The detective stopped by and picked up what the LP associate could gather, told him the case was still under investigation, and left.Six months went by, and he forgot about the incident. Finally, he received a letter from the local prosecutor. The two shoplifters had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and were given credit for time served. Each was assessed a $200 fine and had to pay some court costs. The LP associate thought to himself, “How could this be? That was a genuine felony if I ever saw one. This is an injustice!”A Closer Look at the Justice SystemThe scenario above is fictitious, but it is based upon facts from multiple retail shoplifter cases I worked during my time as a property crimes detective for the Snohomish County sheriff’s office in Washington. All too often, what appears to be a great shoplifter case ends up dwindling away to nothing by the time it makes its trip through the criminal justice system. This is rarely because the necessary facts were missing; it just becomes a victim of the process. Consider the following scenario.The case lands on a detective’s desk a week or two after the fact. The detective likely works a variety of cases, such as residential burglaries, car prowls, vehicle thefts, robberies, possibly ID theft, in addition to shoplifters and other retail crimes. It would join the 20–30 cases already on the desk, and would be joined by several more each day as time went on.The detective will eventually read the case and decide whether to work it or close it out. Since the Blu-ray external theft case involved a shoplifter arrest, and it appeared the probable cause was good, he would prepare a list of items needed before it could be sent to the prosecutor. He knows what the prosecutor requires and that the prosecutor will decline to charge the case if anything is missing. He also knows that he has a limited time to work this case since others are in process at the same time. Overtime is not allowed, and the extra detective that was to be assigned has been put on hold because of the financial conditions in the county.The detective needs a detailed list of recovered stolen property as well as a statement from the cashier. The CCTV surveillance video is pretty long, and he has to watch the whole thing to make sure he finds the important segments. Still photos of key events have to be printed and captioned. He will also need a second copy of the video for the prosecutor. The LP associate’s statement regarding the shoplifter incident is incomplete, but maybe he can get by with it.Somewhere during the process, another priority case comes along, and the detective has to send this one up the way it is at that point. It isn’t great, but it will have to do. He would have liked to put a better case together, but time ran out before he could do that.The prosecutor gets the case. Of course, it lands on a big stack of others that he is already reviewing. He looks at it and sees that it’s a little confusing, but the potential for a good felony conviction is there. A few pieces that he would really like to have are missing. He knows that he could send a follow-up request to the detective and may get the information. He also knows the suspects have been released from jail and have another hearing scheduled soon.He decides to offer them a sweet deal in the hope that they will take it, and he can close the case and get on to the next. He would prefer to take the time to put a great felony case together, but it isn’t a priority in his mind, so he’ll take what he can get. A month or two goes by before the case disposition notice is sent to the retailer. Hopefully, they will be satisfied with the outcome.Good Communication Is KeyThis scenario makes it sound like there is no hope for justice, crime really does pay, and there is no consequence for criminal actions. In fact, there is a solution, and it is simple to put in place. The critical ingredient is good communication and planning before the fact.Loss prevention associates and law enforcement need to work together on their cases. If the store knows what detectives need and prepares their shoplifter cases in such a way that all the necessary details are covered in the beginning, the detective will only have to add a few items, prepare a narrative statement, and send it to the prosecutor. Little time will be required on his part, and a quality product will be sent up.If the prosecutor receives a case that is complete, easy to read, and easy to understand, he will be able to charge it immediately, instead of having to send requests for additional investigation and running into the associated deadlines and time crunch. This increases the likelihood that the suspect will be charged appropriatelyToo often, the loss prevention associate doesn’t know what the detective needs, so they either send too little information or they use the “shotgun approach” and send everything they have along with their shoplifter case. This results in hours of sorting through paperwork at the detective office with additional items still needed in the end.From my experience, the best way to accomplish this is for the detective and loss prevention manager to sit down with a case and critique it. As an example, I worked with the Lynnwood, WA, Walmart asset protection manager on an organized retail crime (ORC) case. We spent about an hour going over the details. Then he took it back to the store and rewrote the report. When I received the final product, it was complete and virtually ready to be sent up. The prosecutor charged the case, as written. Walmart then conducted area-wide training of its AP associates with excellent success. We have since gone through this process with other retailers with similar results.On a related note, local prosecutors in several counties have raised the prosecution limits for felony crimes. These limits are usually negotiable. If the prosecutor is presented with information that the suspect or crime involved in a particular case, such as ongoing organized retail crime, is a serious or exceptional threat to the community, they are usually willing to make an exception and charge the case at full value. This has worked for me on several ORC cases.Law enforcement relies on input from LP associates for this type of information. If the same shoplifter suspect has been involved in multiple thefts over a period of time, the values can often be aggregated and the case charged based upon the overall total value of losses. However, everything must be accurately documented to use this approach.Following are basic requirements for compiling a good case file for prosecution.Determine the Proper ChargeThe appropriate criminal charge must be identified, and the elements of that crime must be met.In addition to those elements in state law, the prosecutor has a charging standard for each crime that may consist of additional requirements specific to that jurisdiction. For example, Washington law says that in order to make an ORC charge, more than one suspect must work together to steal from a retail establishment. The Snohomish County prosecutor charging standard adds the requirement that they must steal from multiple establishments. In my experience, they would like to have three related incidents involving the same suspects.The loss prevention associate must be well versed in the elements of each of these crimes. This knowledge will allow you to recognize what crime has been committed and will tell you what to include in your report. Often the police officer who responds to the store for a shoplifter arrest is not intimately familiar with all the retail theft laws, so a quick briefing from the LP person is necessary to get the right charge on the jail booking sheet.LP Associate’s StatementThis is the key to the entire case. This document defines what happened, how you know it happened, how you know the identity of the person in custody, what was stolen and its value, and what crime was committed. Each of the elements of the crime must be included and addressed in the statement.It is critical to write the statement in a manner that is easy to understand. Remember the reader probably has no retail experience and wasn’t there when it happened.Use plain language and avoid jargon. Explain the shoplifter’s actions in detail. It is better to say, “I saw the shoplifter remove the contents of a box and place CDs inside of it in an effort to conceal them” than to say “I saw the shoplifter box-stuffing on the CD aisle.”Identify the people involved by title and name and how you identified them. An example would be: “I saw a male, later identified as shoplifter suspect #1, John Smith, enter the north door. Smith was wearing a yellow shirt and gray pants. Smith stopped briefly and spoke to a female, later identified as shoplifter suspect #2, Suzy Jones. Smith and Jones then….” As the statement goes on, use their names. Too often, statements refer to S1 and S2 throughout, and the reader has to look back in the statement multiple times to figure out who these people are.If another store employee is involved or speaks to the suspect, you must include a written statement from that employee with your report. Identify them as, for example, “store cashier, witness #1, Jenny Wilson.” The employee should document their interaction with the shoplifter suspect, including details of any statements or comments made by the suspect. This could be critical to the overall case; more about this later.Clearly identify who prepared the CCTV surveillance video, who calculated the value of stolen property, and who completed each of the other tasks. Include a brief statement that this person has been trained and is authorized to perform this function.The prosecutor will require an accurate fair market value of the stolen property. In the case of a retail store, the marked price is the value. You must describe how you calculated the value. In the case of recovered property, it’s simple; just add up the prices.I have had cases where items were stolen, but not recovered. It was still possible to define a value because the store had an accurate inventory system, and the employees were able to determine what was taken based upon inventory records. The shoplifter suspect was recorded on video taking items from the shelf. Then the stock was counted and compared to the on-hand totals on the books. This process must be explained in the statement in a manner that convinces the prosecutor that the number is reasonably accurate.Obtain copies of sales documents or any other document associated with the incident. Digital photos of recovered property are also a bonus.CCTV Surveillance VideoCCTV surveillance video and photos are a valuable piece of evidence. “A picture speaks a thousand words” is true here. However, there are several pitfalls associated with this process that must be overcome.In my experience, it is all too common for a store to have a state-of-the-art digital CCTV surveillance system that records wonderful, clear information. But when the detective asks for a copy of the video footage, the store employee has no idea how to share it. They say something like “I’ll have to get in touch with my boss [or the installer or some other person]. I’ll let you know when the file is ready.” Make sure the users of the CCTV surveillance system know how to operate it.Camera placement is another problem. We receive many great photos of the top of the suspect’s baseball cap. I’ve never been able to positively identify a baseball cap. Some retailers have a camera in the doorpost at the entrance to the store in order to capture a full-face shot of the suspect at eye level when they enter or exit the building. This allows a positive ID and a clear view of the clothing worn by the suspect at the time of the incident. The rest of the cameras may be at ceiling level, but it’s easy to track the shoplifter suspect’s actions based upon the clothing that was identified at the entrance. If the loss prevention associate sees a crime being committed on CCTV, they have the ability to go back and review the video from the entrance until they find the right person.When preparing the video for law enforcement, include only those segments that show the shoplifter’s face and clothing, and show the shoplifter involved in the commission of the crime. Include all pertinent information, but keep it short. The longer the video, the less likely it will be reviewed by those who follow you in this process.To supplement the video, make still prints of the face shots and the critical moments when the shoplifter was involved in the criminal act. Each photo should have a caption on it that describes what is going on. Don’t expect the detective or prosecutor to be able to figure it out without your help. Include who it is and what they are doing. The detective will compare these photos with a copy of the suspect’s state drivers’ license photo or a previous booking photo to confirm his identity.Statements from ShopliftersShoplifters often hand you valuable evidence in the statements or commentsthey make. Listen carefully to what they say and write it down.I once worked a case where the shoplifter suspect entered a store empty-handed, as recorded on the entry video, went to the linens department and took a sheet set off the shelf, also recorded on video, then took it to the door security to get an authorization for a refund. He said he got it for a gift, but it didn’t fit his bed. After receiving the authorization he took it to the refund desk and got a gift card for his no-receipt refund. He told the customer service employee his wife didn’t like the color.The alerted loss prevention associate took a statement from the door security person and customer service person, in which they included the shoplifter suspect’s conflicting statements. Fortunately, the LP associate got the statements immediately, before they forgot the conversation. These statements, along with the video and still photos, clearly showed what happened and proved the shoplifter was lying to get the refund. There’s an old saying—“A provable lie is as good as a confession.” That was the case here; it proved his intent beyond a reasonable doubt.During the initial contact, the shoplifter suspect often has some excuse or explanation. Write these things down. After the shoplifter is apprehended, be sure to conduct an interview. You will often obtain additional statements or confessions that will make your case.In my experience, it seems that loss prevention associates are hesitant to interview shoplifters for some reason. It is important. Don’t pass up this opportunity.Snohomish County prosecutors have taken the position that it is not necessary for a store LP associate to Mirandize a shoplifter suspect who is in custody, unlike law enforcement who must advise suspects of their rights prior to any custodial interrogation. As long as the store employee is not acting as an agent for law enforcement or under direction of a police officer, Miranda is not necessary. However, you should clarify this in your jurisdiction to avoid having statements suppressed later in a court motion.The Benefits of a Well-Documented CaseThe importance of understanding each step in putting together a good case file cannot be overstated.Remember these five basic steps:1. Know the laws and elements of each crime. 2. Identify, collect, document, and prepare all evidence. This includes CCTV surveillance video, stolen/recovered property, and sales documents. 3. Collect written statements from all persons involved. 4. Conduct an interview. Listen carefully and document all statements made by the suspects. 5. After the above steps are completed, prepare your own written statement. Write it in plain language.Describe what happened and how you know it happened. If you saw it happen, say so. Describe the above four steps in your statement as well.If possible, the above should be completed prior to the arrival of law enforcement. It is usually okay to delay calling them for a while so you can get your case together. This allows you to hand them a complete case package on the spot.Timing is critical. If a shoplifter suspect is arrested in our county, there will be an arraignment hearing in court the following business day. The prosecutor must have the initial case report prior to this hearing.The purpose of the arraignment is to determine if there is probable cause to charge the shoplifter and whether he will be held or released. The information you provide is critical to this process. The more time that elapses between the actual incident and the documentation of it, the more that will be forgotten or lost. If necessary, additional details can be added later in the form of a follow-up, but the majority of the information should be documented immediately.From my experience, the process described above does not require much additional time for the store employee. All the needed information is there when the shoplifter is caught or leaves the store. With a focused effort, the right information can be collected and organized in the right format to expedite the whole process.The benefits are clear. If law enforcement receives a complete, easy-to-follow case from the store, they will be happy to send it through to the prosecutor. The case will be complete, requiring little or no follow-up.The prosecutor will receive a package with all the information they need to do their job and will be confident that it will result in a successful prosecution. As a result, they will be willing to charge it at full value.Thieves will soon learn that stealing from your company results in their being charged with serious crimes. Word will get around, and they will be more likely to avoid coming back to your store to ply their trade–when they get out of jail, that is.All of this, of course, ultimately will help contribute to the bottom-line profit margin for your store.This article was originally published in 2009 and was updated January 29, 2018.You’ve just read one of LPM’s most popular articles. Discover more high-quality industry content from LP Magazine with a digital or print subscription. 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T.J. LoganUNC4.37 Former OSU running back Chris Carson shined in day one of the NFL Combine on Thursday with his monstrous bench press performance that finished just behind OU’s Samaje Perine for most reps.Day two of the combine features prospects running around in skin-tight spandex and showing quickly they can reach top speed over a distance of 40 yards, and Carson once again proved why he might be a valuable addition to an NFL roster. Here’s where his 40-time stacked up among some of the big names, via NFL.com. Here’s his first attempt (his second was a 4.60). ParticipantSchool40-yd. dash Samaje PerineOU33.0 Corey ClementWisconsin28.5 Alvin KamaraTennessee4.56 T.J. LoganUNC33.5 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Chris CarsonOSU4.58 Wayne GallmanClemson4.60 Corey ClementWisconsin4.68 Wayne GallmanClemson29.5 Dalvin CookFSU4.49 Leonard FournetteLSU4.51 Samaje PerineOU4.65 Christian McCaffreyStanford37.5 Leonard FournetteLSU28.5 Christian McCaffreyStanford4.48 Dalvin CookFSU30.5 Chris CarsonOSU37.0 James ConnorPitt29.0 Alvin KamaraTennessee39.5 #okstate RB Chris Carson ran a 4.58 on his first attempt in the 40 at the #NFLCombine pic.twitter.com/Z3or1m5Rbl— Kendrick Marshall (@KD_Marshall) March 3, 2017It will take more than a fast time, but it’s worth noting that Carson achieved a respectable 40 time given his competition. Guys like Corey Clement of Wisconsin, James Connor of Pitt and even Samaje Perine all finished below him. And finishing in the same range as a guy like Leonard Fournette, who is sure to be a first rounder, can’t hurt the perception any. The two are semi-comparable in weight (Carson 218, Fournette 240) and running styles, and Carson held his own — and dominated in vertical leap.While NFL scouts look at tape and production, they also take into account how prospects test. Which is why finishing in the top 20 in speed, and top 5 in vertical jump, is a big deal. Here’s the same prospects and how each finished in the vertical jump. For more testing results including the broad jump, you can see full combine results at NFL.com. James ConnorPitt4.65 ParticipantSchoolVertical (inches)
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Photographers were allowed at Wednesday’s practice in Stillwater, and our Jackson Lavarnway got some great shots. Hope you guys enjoy them. [PFB]
Oklahoma State is expected to host defensive end prospect Tyler Lacy for an unofficial visit this weekend, a source told Pistols Firing.Lacy was offered a scholarship by the Cowboys during a recent unofficial visit just two weeks ago — his 12th Division I offer in total. He’s ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.At 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds, Lacy is an ideal fit for OSU at the strong side rusher position and has the frame to grow into a monster off the edge.Lacy also holds offers from Texas Tech, UTSA, Arkansas State, Marshall and others. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.