Was at a Lowes in Greensboro, standing in line to pay for some items, when an african american male goes darting by with his arms full. My first reaction was man there is a line for a reason, use it. He continued out the store and jumped into a waiting car. Off they went. I asked the clerk, what the heck did I just see, she said that was what goes on here all the time, matter of fact that same guy was in here two days ago. Well yesterday I went to lowes to purchase a small mig welder and the clerk was looking for the one the computer showed they had. He said well I guess that one is gone. We got talking about theft and he told me that this particular lowes gets hit for about 1k a day. He said they were not allowed to intervene in any attemps to stop it either. Lowes got hit with a big lawsuit when one of their employees stopped an AA woman for stealing and she claimed she was profiled. They caught her with the goods too. Doesn’t matter. One of their employees had tried to stop someone from running out of the store with a bunch of stuff, she got knocked to the ground and then fired. He said he watched a guy every friday take tools out of the store. So the next time he stood there and asked the guy, “can I help you” continually until the guy got mad and said stop harassing me. So he backed up and continued to watch him. Finally the thief got mad, pulled the tools from under his shirt and through them at the guy. How do you run a shop when the thieves know they are a protected species?