Larinda's "Missing" Dress

the police were at best, "bored" by my police report. When I called to get the number, they seemed surprised that I had bothered and kept saying, "aren't you covered by insurance?"

My company doesn't go everywhere, but almost so we don't need the tranmitter/receiver things in lineup, we can have them with us. And yes, RFID is sooo much cooler. I want that machine to beep/alarm etc and I want someone to squirm. I do not want to say "I need to see your label to check your inventory code against our stolen dress list".
 
And it will be there forever, so if anyone loses their dress in the future, we can assist in the reclaiming if its in the ballroom.

I think its enough to make people think twice. And really, that is what we need.
 
TA DAH!!!!!! I found them. You can wash them, sew them into clothes and they are resistent to chemicals. And best of all.........the cost won't put me out of business. I verified them with my IT guy, so they are the right thing. (cause, I do have the ability to believe that technology will do more than its capable of......... having owned a 1986 portable computer and having tried to hook it up to my "car phone"...... I am often 1 step a head of the technology curve :) )

Its not an end all, but it is a deterrent and that is a step in the right direction.
 
I know Disneyland has something like that for their costumes. I used to work for Disney and all thri clothes was barcoded on the actual cloth so you could not cut it off. If you sold your costume (which could sell for more than a dancesport dress) they could find out who you were and have you taken to jail. Scary stuff but hey, why you jackin people's if the first place you know? Good luck with that dressgirl. Fighting evil, one dress at a time :)
 
Sorry, yes referring to rfid tags. Good for 200 washes.........so can survive sweat I am sure.

It requires additional technology, so probably not for everyone, but we will be doing it.
 
Agree with wooh said. Barring have some really well connected lawyers, unfortunately most one can do is to file a police report, but then it is really up to the police department and the prosecutor to decide if they want to investigate and pursue criminal charges. It's unfortunate that due to lack of manpower or whatever they (the prosecutors especially) seem only interested in violent crimes, but that seems just how things are. Coincidentally like wooh my sister also had her purse stolen, in this case amazingly the thief decided to take one of her checks, signed it to himself and deposited into his own bank account, so 3 days later my sister got a nice check image with his name and bank account # on it (which says a lot about the intelligence of thieves, but that's another matter). A police report was filed complete with all this information and loads of evidence courtesy of the thief...this was about 5 months ago, my sister has went back to check periodically, and mind you check forgery IS a felony...but it's just sitting on the officer's desk, and all she has been getting is "oh we'll get back to you". So it looks like nothing will be done and I've adviced her to maybe sue the guy in small claims.

I'm sure many of the thieves know this and that is the reason why they can be so brazen. Best deterrent, besides tagging the costumes or being able to catch them in the act of course, perhaps is to use the fact that ballroom is a very small circle, and to expose and shame them if they're caught.
The harsh reality is that, with the amount of violent crime, many of these crimes do not get investigated for the most part.
Working for several years in loss prevention I can tell you that, although check forgery is a felony, a person will generally not even be arrested for it unlesss they are:
1. stopped or picked up for something else
2. A background check is done to verify outstanding warrants.
3. A warrant was actually issued for the check forgery.
Police just don't go out arresting people for these crimes. They just don't have the manpower.
Even then the odds of recouping money for a small forged check are pretty bad.
On the flip side, the bank, if they took a forged check, has to reimuburse the account holder. It is the responsibilty of the person who accepts the forged check to verify identity. If they don't, it's their loss.

This I know because our house was broken into several years ago, and the thief took two checks from a book of them in a drawer. One was written, endorsed, and cashed 2 months later. We never knew because we hadn't reached that block of checks yet. The bank had to reimburse our account once we filed the report.


BTW, I have had, in the last 5 months, at least two new men's shirts disappear from my racks at vendor competitions. At a couple hundred a pop. it hurts. Unfortunately, I didn't find out until I arrived home and checked my inventory. The last one I had a customer travel to meet me after I had vended a comp. When he arrived the shirt he needed to purchase was gone. I looked like a fool. I blame myself because I work comps alone and I was less then vigilent in watching my booth. I am more careful now.
 

Joe

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If you were bringing something for him in particular, and you knew he would be there to purchase it, you should have secreted it away for him until he arrived...
 

Warren J. Dew

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Coincidentally like wooh my sister also had her purse stolen, in this case amazingly the thief decided to take one of her checks, signed it to himself and deposited into his own bank account, so 3 days later my sister got a nice check image with his name and bank account # on it (which says a lot about the intelligence of thieves, but that's another matter).
I had something similar happen. You know those convenience checks that credit cards issuers sometimes mail you? Evidently someone fished some of mine out of the trash and used one; signed with a fake name (didn't even try to forge my name, which was printed on the checks) and deposited it to their own account.

I reported it as soon as I saw it on my statement, and someone from the bank called me and got all the details that I knew. They reversed the charge. Then two months later, a police investigator called and basically asked all the same questions the bank had asked, plus whether I'd be willing to testify. I said yes. They never actually asked me to testify; I assume they cut a deal or something.

I think when the bank asks for it, the police may be more willing to investigate. The amount may matter too - this was a four digit amount.
 
If you were bringing something for him in particular, and you knew he would be there to purchase it, you should have secreted it away for him until he arrived...
Yes, I absolutely should have, if I had actually thought of it. It was a late Sunday call as I was packing to come home. What I should have done is make sure the shirt was there when he called. it's a trust thing I guess. I get all business calls forwarded to my cell so I don't miss a customer call. Too much of a hurry to get home. The good news is he found an alternative he liked, but very embarrassing. Live and learn, I guess, eh?
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I had something similar happen. You know those convenience checks that credit cards issuers sometimes mail you? Evidently someone fished some of mine out of the trash and used one; signed with a fake name (didn't even try to forge my name, which was printed on the checks) and deposited it to their own account.
I shred those convenience/balance transfer checks with a cross-cut shreadder as soon as I get them to prevent that from happening. I do the same thing with pre-appoved credit card offers. I don't take any chances with those.
 

danceronice

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I shred those convenience/balance transfer checks with a cross-cut shreadder as soon as I get them to prevent that from happening. I do the same thing with pre-appoved credit card offers. I don't take any chances with those.
Ditto. I have my shredder bag next to the shredder and any mail that's from a bank or credit card company goes into that to be turned into confetti.
 
Hello All,

Happy news to report :).

The lost suitcase has been found, and both dresses are in it, untouched. According to the airline representative both luggage tags, as well as the destination tag, got torn off the bag; noone bothered to look in the pockets / suitcase itself for other info (I always have business cards / contact info stashed in multiple places), and the bag has been sitting in Miami.

So... the bag is back, the dresses are back, I'll be returning both to their rightful owners.

All is well when it ends well - thank you for everyone's collective well-wishes, I'm sure it helped the bag to find its way back!

Borbala
 

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