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This can include questions on tactics, jobs, store LP procedures etc. Anything Loss Prevention can go there

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What is LP procedure? Past point of sale, what is that exactly?

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That answer can vary depending on store layout and placement of registers. In short it means you passed the "last" point of sale or register. It basically means you walked pass the point you could purchase any unpaid for merchandise and it can be legally assumed you have intent to remove merchandise from store without paying. There is rarely a legal argument that can protect you from this. Yes accidents happen but 90% of all shoplifters make claim that they walked pass last point of sale or out door by "mistake" read this http://www.parentnook.com/accidental-shoplifting/ as it explains or talks about "Accidental shoplifting". If you are stopped and tell a Loss Prevention Officer that you made a mistake they will generally not believe you for reasons already stated. Its worth noting that many stores have their own policies on when an LPO (Loss Prevention Officer) can make a stop. Some retailers want the subject to actually exit or enter vestibule before making a stop. However the law doe snot require that in some states. In fact some say concealment alone is a crime


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Each store basically sets their own boundary. The law may say one thing but they may take it further to avoid legal issues. Therefore there is no set rule for Loss Prevention as whole. Like all stores each has their own Loss Prevention rules and guidelines which may be stricter or equal to what the law says. The reads "last point of sale" in most books or opinions because store layouts and other factors can change. However if a possible shoplifter has passed his last opportunity to pay for merchandise its to assume he.she intends to steal item or items. It does not cover every situation but like all laws there will always be an exception.

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