The other day this:
was posted on the TCR foster parents’ page. This is the store near my work. I’m in there all the time. I’ve met this kitten. This person is despicable and vile.
However, what really made me angry? The immediate “victim” blaming on our page.
- the store should have better security
- the staff should have been watching
- the rescue should have a person there all the time
- this is why we shouldn’t put cats in stores
- and on and on
No, no, no, no and no. The fault lies squarely with the vile person who stole Einstein. So let’s take a look:
- Better security. Maybe. But what is that? A locked cage? This is a small store in a small plaza. But there is no precedence for this. I’ve known this store for years, seen dozens of cats go through it and there’s never been a problem before. And let’s be realistic; as much as we love them, these are ordinary cats. Not show cats. There are free cats offered online all the time. Why would anyone take the trouble to steal one?
- Blame the staff. No. These particular staff are great and spend a lot of time with the cats. But their job is the store. The guy was in and out in about a minute while his partner distracted the staff.
- Blame the rescue. Seriously? We are the largest cat rescue in the province and we don’t have enough people for this. You can bet the smaller rescues don’t.
- No cats in stores. NO. It’s been proven time and again that cats get adopted faster live and in person. Hundreds of cats are adopted this way every year. One bad incident should not reduce the chances of other cats being adopted.
My sister works in a large retail store. Lots of staff, a security system. It is unbelievable what people manage to steal; a 50″ television, a steam cleaner, a BBQ, bag of dog food, Roombas (4 in 2 days). And that’s just the big stuff. Did you know electronics now have to have a security tag right on the product? Because people were taking them out of the boxes and getting through security barriers. As fast as you can find ways to stop people, they’ll find a way around it. People SUCK and if they want to steal they will find a way.
I’ve been into the store and given my sympathies. They are stunned and upset. I am not very hopeful (only hopeful that the person wanted this kitten so badly that they’ll give him a good home) but apparently they have a couple of leads to follow up — rejected potential adopters. Maybe, just maybe little Einstein will be returned.
(Local media has picked up the story and is broadcasting the guy’s — and looks like his partner’s — photo all over the place. Fingers crossed.)