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Department store employee allows customers to walk out without paying to speed up checkout line

By Mason White 6:56 PM February 8, 2016
Ronnie Bagby 

By: Feng Qian
Customers at a Department were shocked to learn that a store employee did not charge them for some of their purchases.

However, he did not do so to profit, but rather to get customers out of the store more quickly.

34-year-old Ronnie Bagby of Florida, was arrested after he admitted to not charging for items, which customers placed on the checkout counter.

Bagby, who worked in the Bealls Department store on Ardice Avenue, told police that he did not charge customers for items to speed up his checkout line, according to an arrest affidavit.

He also admitted to taking money from the cash register, and eating snacks and drinks without paying for them, police said.

Bagby was charged with theft and scheming to defraud. He was booked into the Lake County Jail, where bail was set at $2,500.

A loss prevention officer at Bealls, told police that Bagby would ring up nonexistent customer returns and pocket the cash. He admitted doing so 17 times and collecting about $363.

Bagby said that he took the money because he was having difficulty paying his bills, according to the affidavit.

Bagby also admitted to eating about $30 worth of snacks and drinks without paying for them. Bagby told police that he placed unpaid merchandise in customers’ bags to speed up the line. He puts the value of these items at about $62.