schoten - It is a sad message, which adorns the front of lamp shop TH Lights in Schoten. 'After 8 years we close our case due to theft by OWN STAFF!', So Belgian passers-by read a meter-sized LED screen.
Several staff members were dismissed for theft, but the Flemish police then usually dismissed the case, or the perpetrators came off with a community service. Sometimes the police even found chandeliers in staff at home. Yet it did not stop. 'I was so fed up, I was so angry... ', Entrepreneur Thierry Huion laments.
The employees would have taken both cash and stuff. Huion warns fellow entrepreneurs: 'It happens a lot, a lot. It starts from a toilet roll that they take with them, to thousands of euros. Then they say: yes, maybe it was a customer ', he says to ATV.
According to Huion, entrepreneurs must keep a close eye on the surveillance cameras. He himself does not feel like it anymore. 'It is done, I stop it. '