Out with coworkers, witness a theft
I had a real funky couple of days, and here is one if the situations that I faced.
I am currently working out of town, and after work, I went to one of the local feeding/watering holes with some of the guys from work. They were drinking, I was having iced tea.
Another coworker came in about an hour later with his girlfriend and sat at a booth in the corner, 20 feet from me (we were sitting at a table in the middle of the bar area). This bar has TVs all around the room showing the football game. Directly in front of me on the back wall is a 50" plasma showing the game, and right in front of it is one of those tall 2 person bar tables barely large enough for a couple of drinks.
The coworker and his SO get up to go to the salad bar. While they are gone, one of the two guys sitting at the tall table in front of the big screen gets up, takes the one step to the coworkers table, grabs something and returns to his seat, putting the something in his pocket.
My adrenaline spikes, I inform my group that the :banned: just swiped something from Joe's table and put it in his front pocket. the other three that I am with all look right at him for a couple of seconds then return to their drinks. The guy next to me said he saw him get up and go over, but not sure if he took anything.
I keep watching the guy out of the corner of my eye, and he relocates the item to the inside of his waistband.
Here is the problem I face. I am the only sober one with my group. I am armed, no one else knows I carry...at work as well, and I already know that my confronting this :banned: is bringing a weapon to a potential conflict that I am initiating.
How do you play this one out?
Hindsight is 20/20, and I know now how I might have intimidated this guy into returning the stolen property discretely and probably without incident.
Know this. All I did is keep an eye on the guy, and inform Joe when he returned from the salad bar that the :banned: took something from their table, and stuffed it down his pants.
:banghead: I witnessed a crime, and I can not figure out at the time how to resolve it given that I carry. Primary rule of loss prevention. Know what they took, and never loose sight of them. My personal rule, "It is not my problem until it becomes my problem" yet this is a coworker that I get along with tolerably well.