As part of a recent trade show, we purchased a number of stuffed animals, penguins to be specific, to display on our table and our booth. It was an appropriate theme, as we were sponsoring a visit from the local aquarium with their live pengins for the attendees to meet.
There were two conferences that day, and several sponsor displays (including ours) in the hallway between both groups. Throughout the day folks would comment on the stuffed penguins, to be used later in the evening for table decorations at the reception.
At lunch time all the booths were unmanned, and I was eating lunch at the registration table a distance away from our booth, but within eyesight of everything. I observed two adult women from the other conference return from the rest room and stop at my booth, They commented to each other about the penguins, and looked around to see if anyone was watching them. They didn’t see me sitting away eating lunch, and what they saw was all the booths unattended.
They walked away and back into their conference room. A minute or so later I walked down and was standing away by some of the other booths. One of the woman reappeared from the conference room along with a second woman, who was carrying a scarf in her hand. They both looked around and saw than no one was around the booth. They headed to my booth, looked around some more, and picked up a penguin. They never realized I was coming up right behind them. The woman holding the scarf was opening it and swirling it in her hands when I asked them if they needed anything.
Startled, they asked me where the young lady was who was at the booth earlier in the day. Not too observant as I was sitting with my assistant (the young lady) at my booth all day. I told them she lad left, and asked what they wanted. They asked if they could have a penguin. I told them they couldn’t, because they were the table decorations for the receiption. They very not happy – they wanted a penguin. They lingered – they still wanted one and were unwilling to take no for an answer.
Busted. These two adult women were about to steal our displays and conceal their theft in their scarf. I watched them case the booths, return with a plan and an accomplish, and a scarf to conceal their theft.
Adults – doesn’t make you wonder long why the kids these days are getting worse and worse – it all starts with their upbringing.
It’s so unfortunate that you can not simply enjoy life anymore, and that you always have to keep your guard up – and it is because of people like these women who have ruined our society.