Thought this email might be good for a GC article. It's from a secretary at my client about an "Office Thief" and no one reporting the suspicious person because they thought he was an auditor…
After this email came out, I realized that I too saw the thief. He was shady and dressed in casual clothes, hoody over t-shirt, raggy jeans, etc. He was going into the "locker room" where there are showers, so I didn't think much of it as lots of people go in there to change. Not sure how anyone would think the thief was the auditor. However, this secretary really dislikes us and is always looking for something to point to as our fault, haha.
From: [Secretary who doesn't like auditors]Subject: Office TheftYesterday, someone managed to get on our floor and steal a purse from one of our offices. They took all of the cash and a check. (The man tried to cash the check – fortunately the bank was suspicious and the individual left the bank abruptly).We have been in touch with security but the odds of finding the thief are slim. This is an unfortunate reminder that despite our security, people can get into our office space. Just as they say at the airport: If you see something, say something! If you don’t recognize an individual, ask them who they are and if you can help them.Apparently, there was someone on the floor yesterday but those who saw him, assumed he was an auditor. Don’t assume anyone who is not one of our employees has business in our space. If you have any information that might be helpful in determining who and when the intruder was on our floor, please let [a security guy, presumably] know.And last, the obvious is to hide any valuables. Keep wallets and purses out of sight. And if you are in the habit of leaving a wallet in a coat pocket hanging by the door, you may want start putting that wallet in a desk drawer as well.Regretfully,[Secretary who doesn't like auditors]
I hope this sheds some light on the rabid anti-auditor sentiment that's going on. Don't stand for it.