As we’re walking through a shop minding our own business, it’s easy to forget that there are surveillance cameras following the moves of every customer to ensure safety and prevent theft. But not every day is an average one for these security cams. These are some of the wildest things employees have seen through the lens.
Whenever we do something clumsy, we’re always hoping no one is looking. Unfortunately in the case of retail stores, there are cameras everywhere. “I worked in a shop that had entrance and exit doors spaced with a floor to ceiling window that was well cleaned,” says a Reddit user in a forum about wild security camera footage. “So many people on their phones or just not paying attention would smack into it at a walking pace. The store manager recorded quite a few of the good ones for quick access on bad days.”
The whole point of security cameras in retail environments is to help aid in loss prevention and to catch thieves in the act. One would-be robber in Siberia was his own worst enemy while trying to steal from a service station when he actually pepper sprayed himself in the face, according to Today. The service station clerk saw the opportunity to begin hitting him with a mop before the robber fled.