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by Randy Cassingham

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And a Bag of Limes
During his 30-year career as a police officer, Dean Babcock saw a lot of drunk-driving crashes. Now a private security guard, he saw a teen girl shoplift a $45 bottle of Patron tequila from a Target store in Lake Geneva, Wisc. He recognized her from a security video that showed her taking a bottle of Captain Morgan rum. As the only security guard on duty, he decided on a “low-key” approach: he confronted the girl and took the bottle from her, then called her father. She was 16, and her father was thankful to learn what was going on. Store officials weren’t: they fired Babcock because he wasn’t one of the security guards authorized to stop shoplifters. None were on duty at the time. Babcock said he was clear on Target’s policy, but “I am not going to let a 16-year-old girl walk out of here with alcohol.” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) ...Losing an $8.50/hour job to save her and anyone she crashes into sounds like a pretty good tradeoff to me.
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