Monday, December 22, 2008

Bookstore Embezzler

"A former bookkeeper with Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh was arrested over the weekend and charged with embezzling $348,975 from the popular independent bookstore" according to this story in the The News & Observer.

One co-worker stated, "We're shocked. We felt a professional closeness with her. We thought a lot of her."

Well, yuh-HUH. Isn't that always the way? Everyone "thought a lot of" the person who ripped off close to $4,000,000 from a certain hospital, too.

It just amazes me how, when things happen--whether you're talking about a run-of-the-mill office crook or a secret sex offender (not that I'm comparing the two, of course)--nobody ever says "Oh, yeah, I knew that SOB was up to no good," or "What a creep! I'm not at all surprised."

Do you think it's true that people don't suspect--that these crimimals are really that good at what they do? Or are their coworkers/friends/family/whatever A. embarrassed that they missed the signs, or B. don't want to admit that they knew something was "off"?


Liviania said...

I think they probably don't suspect it, just because they'd fire or stay away from someone if they thought they were creepy.

Jeannine said...

I know *I* try to stay away from creepy people. :)