Caught Stealing At Work. What’s Gonna Happen?

So I tried to cancel a return but it went through. The customer didnt want to do it anymore. But it went through. I was having an awful day and just decided to put the store credit in my pocket and maybe use it for myself later. I did that night. I only bought a pair of sucks and nail polish. There was $50 on it. I felt so bad when I got home that I tore the store credit up and was incredibly ashamed.
This was months ago. This week at work my manager confronted me about this. I said it was so long ago that I don’t remember anything and that I must have got it mixed up with a store credit that I had had before when I had returned some dresses. I got a call yesterday’s saying I was basically put on leave for the rest of this week while they investigate. I was so mad and scared that I gave my job 2 weeks notice because I said I couldn’t handle all this stuff anymore because they have been getting on my case lately. I was thinking of saying that I didn’t know how post voids worked at the time so I put the voucher in my pocket so I could ask a manager later about how to void it cause it had money on it and then got it mixed up with mine which is why I only used like $10 on it. Cause really, who would use only $10/$50 on money that wasnt even there’s. I just don’t want to be thought of as someone who steals and I don’t want to ruin that job as a reference. I feel awful and have just been crying for days. I can’t believe I did that. Any thought? If I already gave them my two weeks, they can’t fire me, can they?

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4 Responses to “Caught Stealing At Work. What’s Gonna Happen?”

  1. rachel says:

    You will be fired and don’t count on then for a reference! I think they can make a police report for a paper trail, but not sure if they do that

  2. Kat Salvatore says:

    This is all very confusing. Of course it’s theft, and you know what the right thing to do is- u gotta come clean in the whole thing. U prob don’t wanna hear this.. But they might fire for theft. I suggest paying back and thuroughly taking responsibility and Maybeeee might get ur job back. 🙂 good luck!!

  3. Judy says:

    You’ll almost surely be fired – giving 2 weeks notice doesn’t prevent that. You’ll be lucky if that’s all that happens.
    You can be prosecuted and go to jail, although you probably won’t be.
    It can be very hard to find another job when you’ve been fired for stealing. You might be listed in the Retail Theft database.

  4. Jo says:

    Doesn’t matter what you “only bought”. Stealing is stealing. And it doesn’t matter what you “only bought” as you stole the entire credit – whether you spent it all or not.
    What did you get all mad about? Probably because after all this time you thought you got away with it.
    And now you are thinking about lying your way out of it.
    You know you should have asked manager how to deal with it immediately. Called a manager to the register.
    ” I was having an awful day and just decided to put the store credit in my pocket and maybe use it for myself later. I did that night. ” Your words. So you knew very well what you were doing. Because you were having a “bad day” and decided to treat yourself to something by stealing. Having a bad day is no reason, excuse for stealing or not doing what is right. We all have bad days but don’t go off stealing stuff to make ourselves feel better.
    And justifying it with “cause really, who would use only $10/$50 on money that wasnt even there’s.”
    Apparently, you would.
    Doesn’t matter if you don’t want to be though of as someone who steal. You already are being though of as a person who steals. Why? Because you did . Don’t care if it was just nail polish.
    And you have already ruined that job as a reference. If you are on leave for investigation for theft – the ship has sailed on that job ever being a good reference.
    You feel awful and have been crying for days – not because you did this – but because you got caught.
    Firing you isn’t an issue. Being fired is not a good thing. But having a former employer say a person voluntarily gave notice due to being under investigation for theft isn’t a good thing either.

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