Tue, January 8th, 2013 - 1:25 pm - By Gordon Basichis
We all hear stories about baggage handlers stealing stuff out of our luggage. Some of us have experienced such a lost. We board the plane, after going through the rigorous and often exhausting security search only to arrive at our destination, pick up our luggage to discover our new electric shaver or designer clothing is missing from our bags. Oh, where did it go? Let me guess.
Times are tough, and the economy is problematic. But still, when you get on an airplane there should be reasonable expectation when you reach your destination, you shouldn’t be missing the stuff you brought with you. I mean, supposedly the airline carriers, the TSA, and everyone else involved conduct background checks on their new employment hires. Don’t they?
Well, I suppose it’s sorry consolation, but even the Department of the Treasury can get ripped off. In this case, one of the baggage handlers allegedly helped himself to some free samples of newly printed currency.
According to the article ion the CBS Philly website….”A US Airways baggage handler from southwest Philadelphia is facing federal theft charges for allegedly taking two stacks of brand new $100 bills totaling $20,000 from a plane that was unloaded at Philadelphia International Airport nearly two weeks ago.”
The money was supposed to be delivered to the Federal Reserve. It didn’t get there. At least, not all of it. When the truck reached the Federal Reserve, it was discovered that one of the money packages had been torn up and $20 thousand was missing from the package. Well one way to look at it is there was more than $3 million being delivered, so a mere twenty grand…hey….
Employee theft is up. The moral of the story, while there is always a first time for everything, run background checks on your job applicants. More often than not, it will save you a lot of aggravation.