Grinchy Security Cameras Used In The Spirit Of Christmas
The common privacy most of us grew up with has long since disappeared. Security cameras are filming you everywhere in places both expected and unexpected. For once at least, a security camera has been used for something other than catching criminals.
Carrie McNeese lives in Billings, Montana and is a mother to four with 11 grand kids. She braved the crowds on Black Friday trying to make the most of her meager $500 budget for nearly 20 people. She shopped at the local JC Penney and spent $200. It was only after leaving the store that she realized she had lost the rest of her Christmas money somewhere. She searched JC Penney’s for over two hours to no avail.
Not long after she left the store an employee found the envelope. It contained $300, receipts and a sticky note with the kids’ sizes and first names. And that was it. No contact information, no last names, no nothing. The money was turned over to a loss-prevention officer.
Reggie Anderson is the loss-prevention supervisor at JC Penny’s. Loss-prevention is usually means the store’s loss, not the customers. Anderson pulled the surveillance footage from the store and was able to identify McNeese as the woman who dropped the money. He just had no idea who she was.
One more clue lay inside the envelope. On the note was a logo for Stewart Title Company in Billings. He made a call. Anderson read the names but no one recognized them.
Then he sent them a still photo from the video.
The woman immediately recognized McNesse because she works regularly through the company. Anderson got the phone number and McNeese and her money were reunited.
It took two weeks to find her.
And for once a security camera did something for someone other than a criminal.