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Mom and Son Didn't Grow Up, Took Being a Toys R Us Kid Too Literally [Aug. 14th, 2012|08:12 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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A mother and son stole more than $2 million in expensive toys by stashing them inside the boxes of cheaper products that they bought at Toys R Us stores across the U.S.

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Michael and Margaret Pollara visited 139 Toys R Us in 27 states, including California, Hawaii and New York, buying nearly $7,000 worth of small-ticket items to fuel their scam, according to the affidavit. Authorities were able to track Michael Pollara’s purchases across the country because he used a Toys R Us rewards card for all of his purchases.


This was too juicy not to pass up. To me, there are several of things wrong with this story.


  • How is it that Toys R Us didn't notice that they had lost $2 million in inventory? Are they really do that well these days? I just don't think of Toys R Us being that profitable these days.


  • Why didn't any of the hiding of the more expensive items in the inexpensive item's boxes not set off any alarms? What kind of security is Toys R Us running?


  • For that matter, why didn't anyone notice the small, unboxed items hiding around the stores?



I mean, really. I'm having a hard time deciding which way I want to lean on this story. Do I give this team a thumbs up because they actually pulled the caper off? Do I instead wish to see them punished for stealing from Toys R Us which in turn had an impact on the flailing economy? Or, do I instead blame Toys R Us for not running a tighter ship?

The mind boggles.
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[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2012-08-14 02:29 pm (UTC)

Toys'R'Stolen

Wow. Kudos to the pair for coming up with an ingenious scheme, but (a la Dr. Phil) what were Toys'R'Us thinking!?

How did the couple get caught? That's just nuts.

I'm also curious as to how the opened/unsealed boxes didn't trigger anyone to just double-check inside.

When I worked in retail I did that just to be on the safe side.

Oh wells.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2012-08-16 02:48 am (UTC)

Re: Toys'R'Stolen

Kudos to the pair for coming up with an ingenious scheme
Seriously!

what were Toys'R'Us thinking!?
Seriously.

I'm also curious as to how the opened/unsealed boxes didn't trigger anyone to just double-check inside.
i wondered that myself.
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[User Picture]From: newmistakes
2012-08-15 08:08 am (UTC)
You could split the difference and do a combination of all three. Or just go 'huh' which is what I tend to do in situations like that.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2012-08-16 02:46 am (UTC)
You could split the difference and do a combination of all three.
That would be the sensible thing to do. But when has that ever stopped me?

Edited at 2012-08-16 02:48 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: newmistakes
2012-08-16 08:43 am (UTC)
There are moments when you seem extraordinarily sensible.. but luckily they don’t last very long :) I’d hate to know anyone who was sensible ALL the time.
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