Preventing School Employee Theft

By Charles K. Trainor

Music lovers may recognize the title of the Johnny Cash classic, “One Piece At a Time.” The lyrics tell the story of a Cadillac assembly line worker in Detroit who was smitten with the luxury car he was building. Lacking the necessary capital to purchase the vehicle, the worker developed a plan for acquiring it nonetheless.

He would steal it -- one piece at a time, so no part would be missed at the factory. He smuggled the nuts and bolts out in a large lunch box; he used his buddy’s mobile home for the bigger pieces. The song ends with the worker driving his “new” car made from pieces spanning more than 20 years.

Unfortunately, the song’s concept is alive and well in school districts throughout the country. In today’s digital world, thieves steal from their employers and sell the goods on the Internet. 

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