The liquor stocks at the Pink Coconut and Slick Chick Derby had not been working out well.
Someone was “at it”.
So a number of out of town managers were brought in to investigate.
They arrived one busy Wednesday evening, accompanied by partners and staff, and began their observations – but little did we know that this would be the night the Pink Coconut team took over Derby Police Station.
Unsuspecting staff gave away drinks, placed money into till drawers without ringing it in, or simply under rang the amount they were charging – which not only left the stock short, but also built up a surplus in the tills, which could be pocketed later.
Of course there were many honest and loyal staff.
But the not so honest ones were gradually identified and handed over to the police.
Something like a security Spring Clean!
Clearly this exercise used up a number of the police officers on duty that night. Statements took time and had to be accurate – so could not be rushed.
When the majority of the erring staff had been interviewed, the supporting statements had to be made, and it was decided that this would take place at the main Police Station in Full Street.
No sooner had the Pink Coconut team arrived when an emergency call came in regarding a possible riot situation in the Normanton district of Derby.
Off raced every available officer – leaving the Pink Coconut team to “keep an eye on things”.
And what could go wrong, they were sensible and responsible licensees?
But it did go wrong.
Especially after one of the managers thought it best to jump over the counter and man the reception desk himself – so as to look the part.
When the phone rang he announced that there was no-one in, then replaced the receiver. When a poor young man came in looking for sanctuary from a violent girlfriend – he was offered a night in the cells for his own safety.
Luckily the fun and games were over when the duty sergeant returned, and removed our man from the reception desk much faster than he went in.
Everyone was reprimanded, statements made and signed, then the whole team returned to The Pink Coconut, although they were told later that no damage had been done, and that time had passed very quickly for a very amused night shift.
Did they sort out the stock shortages?
In a way, but when you have the trilogy of staff, money and alcohol, there will always be irregularities.
No one was arrested. No one was hurt, and everyone was wiser.
But the reception desk at the Police Station never looked the same again.
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