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THE STORY OF A GIRL WHO DIDN'T STEAL, BUTT
; , WAS BLACKLISTED FOR STEALING
. By Jaria Whitaker.
Did ,you know that some big stores require employes to" spy on each
other? Did you know that one store pays a dollar bribe W stimulate activ-'
ity in'the Judas line? ' '
Yes.tnere is a rule in some stores that girls must watch each "other and'
report anything they see amiss. And the girl who vtries to protect others ,
by closing her, eyes to whjat he sees, is quickly fired.
. But at least one store has perfected . the, system, by a bribe pi, "forty
pieces of silver," toned down in modern commercialism to one dollar.
"And for this extra dollar, there are some underpaid, underfed, un
happy girls who are hoping that they may catch some other, girl, equally
underpaid, underfed and unhappy. ' '
The system is clever. They say it takes a thief to .catch a thief and
the man who schemed out that dollar bribe, the letter boxes, that are con-'
veniently placed in locker rooms where a spy may drop in a letter giving
toe' name ot tne girl sne is betraying,
and-yet not be dragged into the mat
ter herself, Intist have beeh well
very familiar with the method of
catching thieves. "
I am' not advocating dishonesty.
There5 are some girls who justify
stealing by saying that they are only
taking what belongs to -them." There
may be some-truth in that, but the
fact remains that petty stealing has
never been successful. It is only
when you can steal an election, a
franchise, or something of big value
that rightfully belongs to the people
that you are able to get away with it.
And , the price the girl pays who
steals, what she thinks belongs to
her.'is too horrible.
I am going to tell yt)u of a frightful
thing that dollar bribe caused a girl
on 'starvation, "wages to do J
A woman' who worked in the mil
.linery department of. the store in
question was waiting on a very fussy
customer probably one of the pro
fessional shoppers who keep girls in
attendance upon them for hours in
order that they may report any 'in
civility; and thus earn the wage paid
them by the store. .
This shopper had looked at French
plumes, willow plumes, aigrettes and
birdsof Paradise, and finaMjy having
no v excuse to .linger. .at the feather '
counter, she-insisted that the woman,
should take a number of articles over
to the untrimmed hats to get the ef
fect. The saleswoman carried as many
as she could-in her hands and "placed
one bird of Paradise, in the pocket of,
her. apron. Thirty minutes later, the
shopper having departed without
buying,; the girl discovered that, she
was .late on. her lunch hour, so she
hurriedly placed.the feathers .that she.
carried .back .'on the, counter.
When she -reached the lunchroom
she discovered -the bird of Paradise
in her pocket,. A '
"Oh dear," she said to the two girls ,
with, whom she was lunching, "what-
.evej shall I do with this thing? I
don't want to go down, now: I am al-
Put it in t your locker until you
have Had your lunch," one of the.
girls suggested. ,
The saleswoman, did this, and, she
failed to. notice that the. girl who had
given her the advice was talking
feverishly throughout the lunch
hour, until, the three wereten min
utes late getting back to the 'floor. ,
The,. bird of Paradise was forgotten.
Nor did the saleswoman remember
it through, the long, hard afternoon, "
but ab.ou.ttwo o'clock. !aletter was,