May 07, 2016

Trafficking in social irresponsibility: LCBO’s hands-off “theft policy” encourages stealing booze. Is weed next?

David MenziesMission Specialist

A scoop by Toronto Sun reporter Jenny Yuen revealed that if a consumer doesn’t want to pay for booze at an LCBO store, they don’t have to! Thieves walk into Liquor Corruption Bureaucracy of Ontario stores, fill their bags with high-end hooch then leave without paying - in full view of employees.

The LCBO’s theft policy says workers shouldn’t attempt to detain or arrest thieves but just alert police or security and wait until the cops come. A whistleblower says this “loophole” is exploited by criminals and thefts have increased over the past six months with much of the stolen booze going to the re-sale market.

Translation: The thieves aren’t poor alcoholics, but rather, illicit entrepreneurs. What a business model! Get your stock paid for by Ontario taxpayers.

The LCBO deals with shop-theft by raising the price of booze for law-abiding consumers and if taxpayers have a problem with it, well, F you. The LCBO’s a monopoly and acts like one.

The government has a state-sanctioned booze monopoly based on “social responsibility” but with a hands-off policy towards shoplifters, a minor doesn’t have to bother with fake I.D. – Junior just has to pick up that bottle of Grey Goose and fly out the door.

Both the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union and Premier Kathleen Wynne, think the LCBO is the best option for marijuana sales once it’s legalized but according to a poll by Forum Research, the majority of Ontarians are against the idea of the LCBO selling legalized weed. Gee, I wonder why?

Even crack addicts know the LCBO is the most socially irresponsible retailer in the province.

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commented 2016-05-09 01:32:06 -0400
LMAO , the left is at least a good source of comedy, and i keep wondering if they can get any stupider, and yes they always find a way to top their previous stupidity. Hell might as well back the truck up to the door and load it , you could clear the store out by the time the cops show up. Hopefully everyone does this and the province makes no money from booze, that would just serve them right.
commented 2016-05-08 21:52:52 -0400
Even the most cynical among us must look in amazement and disgust at the degree and pace that our society is disintegrating.
commented 2016-05-08 11:55:33 -0400
Weak-end at BERNIES is every day now
commented 2016-05-08 10:32:51 -0400
I wonder if I could get a percentage of the savings as a portion of my work in stopping the criminal activity?

I guarantee you that it would stop.

My crew would also ensure there is little to no repeat business.

All it takes is someone to let me start.
commented 2016-05-08 09:16:46 -0400
It’s worse than you can imagine. I spoke with a former employee of my company who now works for the LCBO. They don’t even call the police, because it usually takes about three hours for them to come, they don’t even bother looking at the CCTV recordings and have no intention of apprehending the offender. The forms the employees are asked to fill out by the police can only be done after their shift is over. No one wants to fill out forms after work, when they know nothing will be done about it.
commented 2016-05-07 13:44:47 -0400
Hire my crew for one week – bet I can stop it all.

Right across the province.

Just promise to cover my potential court costs.

It is easy to put honesty back into people – it just takes some guts
commented 2016-05-07 13:20:55 -0400
Here’s the lazy pig president of the LCBO;

Dr. George Soleas, Acting President & Chief Executive Officer

George Soleas is responsible for corporate leadership and providing a forum for consultation and dialogue with the trade on matters affecting the beverage alcohol industry.

commented 2016-05-07 13:18:52 -0400
Here’s the fraud that Edward J. Waitzer – Chair of the Board of Directors is doing. Edward J. Waitzer – Chair of the Board of Directors is criminal for not performing his fiduciary duties.

Mandate and accountability

The mandate of the Board is to supervise the business affairs of the LCBO. Among its responsibilities are: ensuring that the LCBO provides high-quality service to the public; developing and approving the strategic plan and monitoring management’s success in meeting its business plans; approving annual financial plans; ensuring that the organization remains financially sound; assessing the management of business risks; submitting an annual financial plan to the Minister of Finance; ensuring the organization has communications programs to inform stakeholders of significant business developments; ensuring that the LCBO performs its regulatory role in a fair and impartial manner.4

The LCBO is accountable to its stakeholders in a number of ways, including: its Annual Report, required to be tabled in the Provincial Legislature and available for all Ontarians to review, either in print or online at 1. annual audits of LCBO financial statements by the Office of the Provincial Auditor, as well as internal value-for-money audits of specific LCBO programs, including store planning. public access to records under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Board Members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor, through Orders-in-Council, on the recommendation of the Premier and the Minister of Finance. various statutory reporting requirements under the Liquor Control Act to the Minister of Finance. compliance with Management Board’s Agency Accountability Directives.4

The LCBO and the Ontario Ministry of Finance, to which it reports, have no Code of Conduct. Conspicuously absent from the LCBO’s published mandate and accountability guidelines are: any mention of clarity in labelling and signage, particularly related to contentious issues such as “Cellared in Canada” wine. There is also no mention of clarity in labelling on the website of the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services. any mention of fair and responsible treatment of stakeholders such as wine agents, wineries and breweries. Many of them are small businesses which collectively contribute much to Ontario’s economy.
commented 2016-05-07 13:11:30 -0400
I have the solution, from now on booze should only be sold at donut shops.
commented 2016-05-07 13:02:36 -0400
Yup, I can just see the police chasing down all those shoplifters stealing a couple bottles of booze. More likely the complaint will be phoned in, the police will issue a report number and the case will be closed.
commented 2016-05-07 12:44:36 -0400
Amusing take on robbing a store David Menzies however this policy has been in place for decades at all Canadian Banks for the safety of the employees. This policy is also why Canadian banks are among the very few in the world that do not have armed guards – an oddity for the majority of countries that do, for sure. But that is why there is video CCTV in these institutions and a police force to chase them down with less risk to the public – or so the theory goes and you really can’t argue with the extremely low casualty rate in Canadian bank robberies. So why should LCBO or any other unarmed employee risk life and limb to protect a product easily replaced and is most likely insured anyway. Catching robbers is the job the police were hired for! Either let the cops do the job or arm the employees so they can at least defend themselves if attempting to prevent a theft!!
commented 2016-05-07 12:32:09 -0400
Apprehending shoplifters is not in their contract, see paragraph five, subparagraph 24 of the collective bargaining agreement. (just kidding)
Going after shoplifters is just something those unreliable private retailers do.
commented 2016-05-07 12:20:18 -0400
It falls in line with the progressive Left’s weird thinking: don’t hassle the criminals… just pass on the cost of their thefts to the public. After all, political correctness dictates that the only ‘wrong’ people out there are we the hard-slugging taxpayers.
commented 2016-05-07 12:13:17 -0400


You deserve this Ontario – you chose a financial rapist named Wynne to run the province and once again you are being financially raped. No surprise here.

Organized crime/mafia must be having a ball with this. Ready to cash buy my cheap booze at someone’s home today.

Where’s the story about the CBC’s $1.4 BILLION PER YEAR BEING DISTRIBUTED TO CTV, CANWEST, POST MEDIA, TORSTAR and the rest of the media party.

Ever heard of a complaint from the media party about CBC’s $1.4BILLION PER YEAR? NO?? Of course not – that’s because CTV, CANWEST, POST MEDIA, TORSTAR take their hush money and live off the avails of financially raped tax payers.
commented 2016-05-07 11:43:42 -0400
Yup, only union service union workers can protect us from ourselves.
commented 2016-05-07 11:04:29 -0400
Kudos to LCBO and the government for:
A. Not wasting legal fees and court time prosecuting thieves
B. Not having the constabulary tied up with solving or investigating these crimes. They need to concentrate on real crime such as the possible theft of donuts at Tim’s.
C. Allowing these criminals to have a chance to improve their financial status thus relieving the burden on the welfare system.
D. Curbing the incidence of alcoholism among the law abiding citizenry by increasing the price of booze to offset losses due to theft and making it more expensive to get a buzz.

Thieves get a free pass at the LCBO, so why not give them a free pass at the banks, food stores and our homes. It would only be fair, no?

commented 2016-05-07 10:58:56 -0400
Oh I don’t know, I think the LCBO are a thoughtful and progressive organization – look at how they package mixed drinks and booze in those little “Kinder Packs” – just the thing for the kids lunch box or to throw in the glove box of the family crusado. Boozing is a family affair at the soviet people’ state liquor monopoly – pay your fair share of taxes, get the whole family on the booze plan – coming soon, the state narcotics retail monopoly and acapulco lights in 20s and cartons