HR Strange But True!
August 23, 2001
You already know that HR is never boring, but here's proof from this week's news that it can get downright weird:

He should have known better

A man who worked for Giorgio's, a pair of chic department stores in Palm Beach, Fla., was charged with stealing $200,000 worth of merchandise after a security camera captured him taking a purse, according to authorities.

But this wasn't just any employee. Manuel Plaud, 41, was the stores' head of security.

Plaud pleaded guilty Monday to stealing the merchandise, which ranged from designer clothes to alligator purses. He had been taking items for about three months and selling them to friends, authorities said.

Plaud faces at least 21 months in prison at his sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled.

George Sharoubim, owner of Giorgio's, said the thefts apparently began after Plaud had been his security chief for more than a year.

"I trusted him so much that he had the access code to my home. I got him a company car, an expense account, and his wardrobe," Sharoubim told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper of Fort Lauderdale. "The ones you trust the most are the ones that can hurt you the most."

Sharoubim added: "I asked him why he stole, and he said, 'I want to live like you.'"

Source: Sun-Sentinel.

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