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No-purse policy cuts store's thefts

Saturday, August 15, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Leave your purse in the car or you won't get service at one Colorado Springs liquor store. Colorado's Liquor Outlet has imposed a no-purse policy to combat shoplifting. Owner Wayne Harris also outlaws backpacks and bags men carry.

Harris said his typical weekly loss to shoplifting used to be about $300, but the problem has escalated this year, resulting in losses as high as $2,000 per week. He said thefts have dropped since he adopted the policy.

The purse prohibition has angered some people, and some vow to boycott the store. But Harris says his figures show the number of customers coming in is about the same as it was a year ago.

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I can remember having to put my briefcase on a shelf at the college bookstore at Missouri Western back in the early 1980s. They wouldn't let it go past the registers into the main part of the store. But I wonder what provision this liquor store owner has made for those who walk, bike or use public transportation to get to his store. They would have no place to leave their purses.

-- Posted by Observer1 on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 8:17 AM

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