In a recent incident at an Ang Mo Kio minimart, the owner resorted to social media to expose two employees involved in cash register theft. Angel Supermart made two separate posts on its Facebook page on May 28, disclosing the identities of the two female employees who were apprehended for allegedly embezzling money from the cash register.
Daniel Tan, the employer, came across these alleged offences during a routine examination of the shop’s CCTV footage. The specific branch of the minimart chain is situated at Block 631, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8.
Tan spoke to Shin Min Daily News, stating that the first individual arrested, a 53-year-old part-time cashier, accepted approximately $80 from a customer without scanning the purchased items. Subsequently, he discovered that another cashier, a 46-year-old senior employee, was also “involved in the same offence.”
Upon confronting the 46-year-old employee with the video evidence, she confessed to stealing from the register on a daily basis over the past month. The employee had been with the company since 2017, working six days a week.
Regarding the extent of the theft, Tan mentioned that he is uncertain when the stealing commenced, but in the worst-case scenario, perhaps $100,000 to $150,000 has been stolen.
In one of the company’s Facebook posts, Tan expressed that the staff member was someone they had formed close relationships with, stating, “We have celebrated birthdays, weddings, funerals, and numerous other occasions together. We are sad that it has come to this.”
He further shared in another post, “The minimart has been experiencing financial losses for a while, and we cannot sustain our operations if such misappropriation of company funds continues.”
Tan advised customers to notify the management if a cashier fails to provide a receipt or neglects to scan an item, and promised rewards to those who do so. While many commenters sympathized with Tan, they believed that shaming the culprits on social media was unnecessary.
In response to these sentiments, Tan countered in the comments section, affirming that “employees are well aware of the consequences of stealing” and that if caught, a police report would be filed. He emphasized that his policy on this matter was “crystal clear.”
“I will report you, even if you are my mother, if you steal from me,” he added.