TSA: No amount is too small to steal

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  1. TSA News Blog

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    To start the first week of the New Year, we learned of yet another TSA screener theft. This time a Charlotte TSA worker, Reggie Edwards, 52, was charged with larceny under $50 after allegedly stealing $36 from a passenger’s suitcase on New Year’s Day.​
    On Monday the TSA responded via Blogger Bob Burns, saying: “Regardless of how little, no amount of theft by a TSA employee is tolerable. The agency moved immediately to terminate this individual.”​
    But we’ve heard this line before. Many times before.​
    The TSA didn’t indicate whether or not the victim in Charlotte was a child, would be reimbursed, or whether there were other reports of thefts by this screener before this one. Based on prior incidents, it’s doubtful there will be any reimbursement forthcoming.
    The fact that the theft was only $36 was likely because that’s all that was in the wallet. This isn’t, however, the smallest amount of cash reported stolen by the TSA in the first week of the year. A post at the blog babycenter.com reported that a 14-year-old had $25 in cash along with a $25 gift card stolen from his wallet in his checked bag by the TSA. A $50 dollar loss to a 14-year-old probably represents a significant amount of money.
    As we and other outlets pointed out last month in the case of an iPad theft at JFK, theft has been a chronic problem at the TSA. The JFK incident barely elicited a response from Blogger Bob, who may have become weary of trying to spin the incessant stream of criminal arrests of TSA screeners. He offered only two sentences, saying the TSA was cooperating with Port Authority Police in the prosecution of the employee.
    Blogger Bob dignified an iPod theft at Orlando in September 2012 with a more lengthy response, though it included that familiar qualifier: that thieves compose “less than 1/2 of one percent (0.4%) of officers that have been employed by the agency.”
    Perhaps Bob put more effort into that response because the story was reported nationally, whereas the $100 cash theft at LAX in October wasn’t as widely reported. Bob left it to TSA spokesman Nico Melendez to recite the oft-used statement that “TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and has a zero tolerance for theft.”
    In any case, the TSA has demonstrated that its employees are equal-opportunity thieves: children and the poor are just as likely to be victims as the wealthiest of travelers.
    (Photo: The Dark Thing/William Ross/Flickr Creative Commons)
  2. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    See, he's not such a cheapskate after all! :D
  4. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    A $50 dollar loss to a 14-year-old probably represents a significant amount of money.

    I'd like to point out that stealing ANY amount of money is significant, even more so while wearing those blue gloves.

    Demanding full access for any reason you make up to people's belonging under the pretense of authority and stealing ANYTHING is significant.
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    "...without probable cause is significant."

    Theft by the TSA thugs is just adding insult to injury.
  6. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

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  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    New skill for a TSA employee.
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  8. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Probably not. They tried to sit him down in front of Sesame Street but he kept insisting that The Count could've sharpened a slide rule and hid it in his cape, and demanded that both the muppet as well as the puppeteer be patted down.
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  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

  10. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    I can it now, Count von Count (the puppet) on the secret No Fly List :D
  11. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    He's dead.
  12. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    The puppeteer who voiced the Count passed away, but the character/puppet itself isn't dead.

    Hence the puppet being on the list.
  13. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Oh, I know. I was just pondering the irony of a dead puppet being on a no-fly list. ;)
  14. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    5 will get you 10 that TSA would put the Count on the NFL but not Achmed the Dead Terrorist.
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  15. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    :D LOL! "I KEEEL YOU!!"
  16. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    That is my favorite character of his. That is one funny man.
  17. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Right. Because that would be "profiling."
  18. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    So ponder this:

    if the Count von Count was in the penalty box awaiting a screener, he does his thing and counts
    "Six. Six ipads! Ah! Ah! Ah!"
    "Ten! TEN! Shoe bins! Ah! Ah! Ah!"

    And the lights flicker on and off each time, you think the screeners will get annoyed enough enough and have someone to pat him down faster?

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