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Cathy K

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Cathy K

I think those still in South Africa might be interested in how and where we do our shopping.

Karen mentioned it elsewhere: in Canada a sale means you buy everything for at least 50% less. You can pick up some really good bargains at end of the season sales. Sales are usually in the form of side-walk sales and everything is displayed outside the shops, department stores and supermarkets. You pick....and pay at the till inside.

Sidewalk sale.

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One shop entrance

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Compost, plants, garden furniture, etc are routinely stored outside the shops. I have yet to see 'n security guard guarding the stuff.

Now, let's be honest: how long will all that merchandise outside Save-On remain there in South Africa?

Cathy K.

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Heinrich

Isn't it amazing how one gets so used to these scenes and take them for granted? I have indeed wondered who checks that no theft takes place. There must be some form of surveillance camera in place. Just the other day a man was chased down the street and caught for robbing Superstore in Brandon. But that is the rare exception.

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Wesley

Usually at the bigger chains like the above they have under cover loss prevention officers walking around pretending to shop but they're really monitoring any shoplifting/theft.

I worked briefly as an LPO before. Theft happens all the time at these places, just not on the scale that it would in SA.

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Charles

You also forgot to mention that they catch most of the thieves here in Canada as well!

When I worked for the Wally Market Reich we got hit on a regular basis and we caught them on a regular basis as well!!

Perhaps the apprehension of miscreants is the major difference between S.A. and Canada?

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Breytie

It is amazing how calm people react when an alarm goes on shoplifting. I witnessed a guy, walking out of a store (without paying & the alarm went off). THe cashier, called him, not raising her voice too much. Called a second time - then took his license plate #, walked back in the store & phoned the police.

The database of the police is up to date. The always verify your telephone #, your address, and keep the information up to date. It seems to me that the staff are well trained in situations as such.

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