Big Story In This Sunday's Minneapolis Star-Tribune…

Read this coming Sunday’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune. There’s gonna be a big story in there. About a company we’ve talked a lot about. We’ve been in close contact with the reporter. Some of it is following up and looking deeper into information you read here first. Pretty neat. Who said bloggers and journalists can’t be friends?


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  1. EricaKane says:

    Minneapolis = Best Buy

  2. JRuiz47 says:

    Are you allowing the Strib to show off your porn collection in the Geek Squad sting?

  3. stavs says:

    Could be Target

  4. Thrust says:

    Oh, please say it’s Dell.

  5. JohnMc says:

    Oh please don’t tell me you belive the Strib, the Red Star of the North

  6. Ahkum says:

    The Star & Sickle Tribune + the Consumerist… A match made in heaven.

    Hopefully the S&S will copy Ben’s headline writing skills, and there will only be a gigantic headline of “PORN” above the fold.

  7. Felix the Cat says:

    Of course it is about Target!



    C. Five Steps for Apprehension
    Certified AP team members must observe all five steps prior to making a shoplifter apprehension.

    NOTE: If local law enforcement takes independent action and makes an apprehension before all five steps are met, the details must be documented in the CIRS report.

    1. Initiation of Observation – The subject must enter the store/area without possession of Target merchandise.
    2. Selection – The subject must be observed selecting Target merchandise from the display location.
    3. Concealment – The subject must be observed concealing the merchandise, or the AP team member must have NO reasonable doubt based on observations that the merchandise has been concealed by the subject.
    NOTE: If the merchandise is not actually concealed, it must be exposed as the subject exits or attempts to exit the store.
    4. Maintain Observation – The AP team member must maintain sufficient surveillance of the subject in order to know the location of the merchandise and ensure the subject does not discard the merchandise.
    NOTE: A Productive Merchandise Recovery (PMR) shall be attempted if surveillance is broken for any reason, or the AP team member can not maintain sufficient surveillance. (See PMR Directive).
    5. Failure to Pay for Merchandise/Exiting the Store -AP team member(s) must observe the subject attempt to exit the store without paying for the merchandise.
    NOTE: Some jurisdictions allow variances from the exiting requirement to allow apprehensions of concealed merchandise before an individual reaches the building’s exit. In these cases, the requirements must be documented and approved by the Director or Vice President of Assets Protection using the “Variance from Exiting Form” (found on the AP Zone).

    D. Restroom / Fitting Room Apprehensions
    AP team members are not allowed to conduct surveillance or make apprehensions in restroom and/or fitting rooms.
    1. AP team members are not allowed to follow subject’s into a restroom or fitting room to conduct surveillance.
    2. AP team members shall not ask another team member to enter a fitting room or restroom to conduct surveillance.
    B. Searches of Private Residence or Motor Vehicles
    1. AP team members will NOT participate in a search of a private residence or motor vehicle.
    1. Fleeing Shoplifter
    a. If a shoplifter attempts to flee after being confronted, do not give chase in any manner (running, driving, etc.).
    b. Store based AP team members shall not use any vehicle to follow or pursue a subject for any reason.
    c. AP team members shall not encourage, condone, suggest or ask another Target team member or anyone else to chase a fleeing shoplifter.
    2. AP shall refer for prosecution all individuals apprehended for retail theft when the value of the merchandise is $20.00 or greater and the case meets local prosecution requirements.
    NOTE: If a case meets/exceeds the $20.00 referral guideline, but is NOT referred, the reason for non-referral must be included in the CIRS narrative. (Example: Local jurisdiction limits require merchandise in excess of $75.00 in order for prosecution.)
    3. A team member witness, of the same gender of the suspected shoplifter , must be present in the room at all times during the detention.
    A. Photographing Shoplifters
    1. Adult shoplifters – AP shall photograph all adult shoplifters unless prohibited by local statutes or ordinances.
    2. Team Member Shoplifters – AP will not photograph any team member apprehended for shoplifting during working or non-working hours.
    3. Juvenile Shoplifters – AP will not photograph any juveniles apprehended for shoplifting, unless required by local statutes or ordinances.

  8. Chicago7 says:

    I once sold subscriptions to the Minneapolis Tribune! In 1965!

  9. Major-General says:

    It’s about Northwest, right? Ok, just because I’m bitter about being lied to by incompetent phone jockeys.

  10. JPropaganda says:

    PLEASE! It’s DS/Max!! Come on now…You heard it here first.

  11. minneapolisite says:

    Northwest, Target, Best Buy, Regis, Dairy Queen, General Mills

    The most obvious options (in order) are Best Buy, Target, and Northwest. I can hardly wait. :)

  12. stpauliegirl says:

    It’s totes Geek Squad. They’re homegrown from Minneapolis and a very visible brand up in these parts, so obviously the StarTrib would be interested.

  13. homerjay says:

    Of course its Geek Squad. It only makes sense and comes as a teaser. And if we don’t hear a thing about it until well after Sunday, then its DEFINITELY geek squad.

  14. Smashville says:

    Finally bringing the evil Jo-Ann ETC down.

  15. holocron says:

    Yeah, I’m going to Geek Squad too. I just passed by the original HQ this morning…

  16. stanfrombrooklyn says:

    Liquor Lyle’s??? (Cough Cough Cough…I’m still wheezing from all the smoke I inhaled there in the mid 90s.)

  17. Curtis_B says:

    It’s the Pillsbury breadstick shakedown!

  18. Michael says:

    Oh FFS. More of your Geek Squad nonsense. Okay, they downloaded personal files from your computer–stop acting like you’re the next fucking Walter Cronkite.

  19. miburo says:

    I pray to God the article focuses on people protecting their Financial and Personal data instead of another porn rampage.

    The more people learn this the safer everyone is. (Where do you think all that stolen money goes to?)

  20. enm4r says:

    Does this mean that there is a change that an announced forthcoming article might be worth reading?

  21. I’d be surprised if it turns out to be anything but best buy/geek squad.

    In-store fake website or porn stealing techhies? Time will tell.

  22. umbriago says:

    No, it’s General Mills. The Trix rabbit was right; they’re been shorting us for years. And Lucky the Leprechaun? Yeah.

  23. Trai_Dep says:

    I think the world would be better if bloggers and traditional reporters, every morning, linked arms, then engaged in an act of mutual erotic pleasuring (think more summer camp than Louisiana GOP Senators). Not because they’re hot for each other, but because – darn it – wouldn’t the world be a nicer place?

  24. Onouris says:

    This blogger. Likes to use. A lot of full stops. Thankfully, they’re not writing the new article.

  25. Moosehawk says:

    It’s gotta be about Geek Squad/Best Buy. It’s all you guys have been talking about!

    I’ll definitely get me a Star Tribune this Sunday. I actually just started doing a paper route recently so I’ll get an extra from the warehouse =P

  26. holocron says:

    Front Page!