About 10 years ago I had to hire a clerk for my business. Out of 3 candidates, 2 had backgrounds of "theft from employer" and the 3rd was a nutcase. I handle all the money myself, as a consequence. If there is a mistake, I know whom to blame.
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See comment above: I wonder why there is such a rash of embezzlement going on and why we don’t hear about it more often? One reason, I suppose, it is usually a first offense and usually the punishment is light.
How often is it associated with gambling? That seems to be a thread that runs through many of the cases.
Money can do strange things to people.
Personally, I hate handling it. Years ago, I worked at a furniture store. A man made a 700.00 cash payment. I counted it and another girl sitting with me counted it, right in front of the guy. It was put in the register. I saw her do it.
The next day the money was missing. It was suspected that the girl or I did it. I quit immediately. It was an “in-between” job while I finished school after being laid off from BP America. I wasn’t happy with the suspicion and told the owners that in my letter of resignation.
Two months later, after the other girl quit for the next incident, the manager was fired for embezzlement. He had been taking the money all along.
I don’t like dealing with cash.
As usual gambling debts?
A few years ago I had a job selling swords at a local ren faire. The owner had bought some special software that allowed him to use a desktop PC as a cash register, and was very frustrated that it was off by a few hundred dollars every night, in all 3 locations he sold at. Then I started working there, and my drawer was always accurate to the penny.
It only took 2 counts for him to figure out what was happening.