Woman returns stolen Walmart items for gift card
November 7, 2008 - 6:33AM
DESTIN - A woman shoplifted several items from Walmart on Nov. 2 and returned them in exchange for a gift card the following day.
According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office offense report, a loss prevention officer watched the woman place items in her purse on Nov. 2, but wasn't able to keep track of her to see if she left them there. He allowed her to leave the store, but she returned the next day with several plastic bags containing items she wanted to return.
The report said she didn't have a receipt, so she was issued a gift card.
The officer followed her to the women's department where he saw her stuff items of clothing into another item of clothing, the report said. She then moved to the lingerie department and selected several more items.
A dressing room attendant stopped her before she could go inside one of the rooms, the report said.
The woman proceeded to stuff articles of clothing into a plastic bag in her cart and then moved to the pharmacy to add to the items she collected, the report said. She went through the garden department and paid for some of the items.
The loss prevention officer stopped the woman at the store's exit and escorted her back inside. She admitted she took the merchandise: three shirts, women's socks. She also said she took two hoodies, a rayon sweater, a pair of fleece pants and a top, mens socks, womens socks, a sympathy card valued at 88 cents, stickers, a notebook and a basketball.
The items totaled about $100, the report said.
The woman had a small child with her and seemed remorseful, the report said.
She had no history of retail theft and was allowed to leave with a notice to appear in court at a later date.
I find it incredibly ironic that she stole a sympathy card when she was unable to apply sympathy, or empathy, to the lives of those her crimes affected. All of this would be amusing if it wasn't for the fact that she appears to be a mother. What kind of an example is she setting for the kid? Clearly not a very good one.