Stealing!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Dawnbreak

    Dawnbreak Read Only Funster

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    I cannot for the life of me understand people/persons who steal from motorhomes on dealership forecourts. We went looking at the weekend at a lovely independant dealership, we had some questions so asked the saleschap to come and talk to us. He was showing us the fridge and noticed that the door hold was missing..."stolen as usual" he said......a bit of plastic. Are they that hard up, I mean MH'S aren't cheap to buy and run and I personally think that if one can afford to, then we/they are priveleged in being able to...but to steal things:Eeek:
    What the hell is the matter with people, it really makes my blood boil, he then went on to tell us that the dealership has £20,000 aside each year for bits and pieces/parts stolen....
     
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    Like you, I have never understood this behaviour. Pure theft and vandalism.

    I used to exhibit my car/caravan product at the Earls Court Caravan Show. The theft that went on there was just incredible. It was as if people went there just to steal and vandalise. And it wasn't restricted to the visiting public. The security staff had a lot to answer for. In 1989 I recall joining a queue outside the exhibition office on a Saturday morning. All of those of us in the queue had had stuff stolen during the night - in a locked exhibition hall. My video recorder/player and the promotional video was stolen, causing a huge inconvenience for that final day. One of the Motor Home manufacturers found that the motor bike that was on the rear carrier had just disappeared. That is not the sort of thing that can be spirited out of the building through the public access! An entire rack of outboard motors, worth tens of thousands, also went missing.

    The hall management were unable to ask the police to search the basement because the unions threatened a walk-out if they suggested that it was the workers who were responsible. The outboard motor company, however, managed to get down to the basement and did a search. He reported that the basement was a maze of rooms, all full of conrtraband as far as he could tell. And he found his outboards and retrieved them. No police involvement despite notifying them.:Angry:

    But, of course, it is the same in any retail operation. The amount set aside for "shrinkage" is an enormous sum that has to form part of the price we all pay for the goods.
     
  3. Goldedition

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    Problem is, most don't see it as stealing
    I manage a hotel, and damm, you would be supprised to see what is stolen

    Some Hotels now print on their property eg "this ashtray was stolen at Hotel ***"
    People are proud to show friends they stole towels at the AbuDabi Resort
    We dont condemn stealing any more .....
     
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    I came across this in Woolworths once. I was installing an automated stock check system. The tails of "wastage" were mind blowing. Thousands went missing every week and management did not have the balls to clamp down for fear of the workers. The stock check system was not used for long !

    The tails from Ford at Halewood were legendary in the 60s. All Ford spares available at local pubs and even talk of whole cars being built over time.

    And in here - how often is "dodgy" software and videos mentioned. I remember only last week mention of bit torrent Autoroute 10 being readily available.
     
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    Yes indeed. You'll notice something in common with woolies/halewood/GM/Dagenham
     
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    Yes, I made that comment, it's common knowledge that just about any piece of software is available from a torrent.. doesn't mean I condone or practice ..

    It's the same as mp3 music , movies, videos etc .. hand on heart, is there anyone who hasn't got an illegal mp3 on their laptop ?

    When I worked in a sandwich factory the same problem, whole sides of gammon, cheese, meat etc .. in fact just about anything edible grew legs..

    I recall one Christmas we took delivery of a pallet load of smoked salmon for the festive menu, it was put in cold storage until required on the production line... come production date, not one pack could be found.. it had all swam away .. :Doh:

    Brian mentioned Ford, I also worked at Dagenham during the early 90s, they had tight security, body and bag searches, but stuff just disappeared, batteries, wipers, suspension units, starters, alternators etc all went ..
    It was so bad that they stopped fitting the car radios, instead they were only fitted at the dealers when a car was sold..

    It's not confined to the shop floor, office staff steal stationary .. but many think it's only a perk of the job..

    When I ran a pub we lost dozens of glasses every week .. one way or the other all has to be paid for..
     
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    Whats the difference between stealing a carburettor from Ford and Downloading illegal music, movies, sat nav software etc etc.
    Jim
    :Smile:

    Edit: Post answered above.
     
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    none Jim...

    just a lot easier, many consider it only 'sharing' ... but it's theft.
     
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    Whilst looking around for a new (or at least new to me) M/H I quickly became aware of the bulbs, knobs, handles, etc., that are commonly stolen. Most M/H s I looked at had something missing.

    However, whilst looking at one (I can't remember which one) I noticed that the sink panel was removed and the complete ZIG unit was missing. I pointed this out to the salesman and he said " Yes, we know, and we know who did it" I asked him who and he replied " The workshops, they needed one urgently for a customer!" and we had a laugh.

    Hallii
     
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    Speaking to staff John Cross Motorhomes, they reported similar stories. I was going to Post John Cross Lost his knob in Peterborough!:Rofl1:

    When I worked in the finance industry, we had delivered a LARGE photocopier, the one the size of a car and that 'walked'..

    My friend who is an ex-fireman tells a tale of stuff being pinched from tenders and the sad bit is that they wont work on anything else! Apparently.

    Stunning.

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  12. Geo

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    Not condoning just explaining

    Customer
    Can I have a fridge door retainer please
    Trader
    sorry we will have to order one:Doh:
    Customer Ok how much and how long

    Trader
    Oh its only a bit of plastic about £60 we should have one here by the end of the year

    Thats providing to can find anyone interested enough and it hasnt gone out of production in the 6 months since you bought your new motor home
    Now you now why ther'e nicked
     
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    Broke my slider off the fridge that is mentioned in the original post Asked Marquis for a replacement Cost £18 as they have to replace the whole item!! That's why people nick them.
    The manufacturer needs to make the slider a bit more robust but I dare say they are not too bothered as it generates an income.
    Marqius are looking at getting me a replacement slider when I put it in for its Habitation check in June!!I hope:Eeek:
     
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    That'll be the genetic modifications..:Laughing:
     
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    I now know who's been stealing em
    but I'm sworn to secrecy:RollEyes:
     
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    It is the little things that cost,my grand daughter broke a hinge on the freezer compartment it cost around £16 or there abouts an immersion heater at home you can buy for around 20 quid look how much you have to pay for the 240 volt heater unit for your little fridge in the mh it`s around 35 quid I suppose it is not so much the cost but the aggravation it causes.
     
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    i reckon i know the answer.....

    parts like the fridge catch probably wont be stocked by dealers so when you go for one the reply will be "no, not in stock but we can get one in for you.....take about 15 weeks and will be wrong when it arrives"

    parts readily available on the dealers forcourt will be a big temptation.

    still waiting for a simple roof vent fly screen for a CI Carrioca after 5 years (warranty) from Barons York. :Doh:
     
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    Two identical Rapido 779M's both with all the tops of the hob gas jets missing, door catch missing on shower cupboard, Thetford chemical push switch missing, just a hole and two cut wires.................

    And thats only two vans out of 40 odd for them to rob. We now keep all the vans locked on the lower forecourt as we cannot easily see whats happening down there.

    To add insult to injury, 8 cat converters cut off over night from new vans.

    Peter

    PS Last time I looked knob was OK!
     
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    "PS Last time I looked knob was OK! "

    Glad about that, Peter, suggest you nail it down. That'll learn 'em!!
     
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