Owner of a clothing store in the UK who has ran out of ideas on how to combat thievery in her shop has thought it ‘prudent’ to employ skilled thieves to steal from her store and then tell her how they went about the stealing.
The woman who prefers to be anonymous was hoping that once the thieves tell her their modus operandi, she would find means of sealing the loopholes.
What is more interesting about the businesswoman’s job offer she posted on Bark.com is the fact that, she would be paying the thieves £50 ($64) an hour in addition to another incentive of keeping three of the stolen goods.
According to odditycentral.com, candidates would need to visit her store on a number of occasions over several weeks and then produce a report of all the things they stole and how they did it.
The woman has become desperate after years of suffering significant loses during the holiday season.
The job advertisement posted on Bark.com reads: “I’m looking for a professional to help highlight security weaknesses in my store, by deliberately stealing from it.
“I’ve been a business owner since I opened my retail shop in 2013, and have experienced extensive theft every year in the run-up to Christmas for the last five years.
“Like clockwork, from the start of November, the shop gets busier and it becomes harder to monitor everyone who comes through the door. Thieves swipe items from our shelves and I’m losing thousands of pounds every year and, as a small business owner, I can’t afford to let this slide.
“It’s an odd request, but I’m determined to find weaknesses that I may not have spotted before. If you can help or think you can help me improve the security of my store, please let me know.”
She had hoped to curtail stealing by learning some stealing skills from the employed thieves to enable her device equally skilful means of preventing thievery in her shop.
However, as expected, the advertisement went viral in no time and people’s reactions made her change her mind to use a different method.
The viralty of the weird job offer surprised owners of Bark.com where it was posted, but they are in business and had no advice to give the woman.
Reports say English newspaper, The Mirror contacted Bark.com co-founder Kai Feller to seek his view on the said advert.
He has been quoted as saying: “While we do have a variety of security professionals already on our site, professional robbery isn’t a service we actively offer.
“However, we hope that someone with the right skills and know-how is willing to help this store owner better secure her shop. Who knows, if we have a significant number of applications perhaps this can become a permanent service on Bark.com!.”
Inasmuch as the job offer sounds weird but attractive, the most important requirement is that candidates with no criminal records must apply.
Apparently, if you are a thief, but have not been arrested and prosecuted before, then you are indeed skilful enough to help this woman salvage her store.