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September 05, 2005

On The Transport of Shoes.

Sam Leith on the transport of shoes:

Extremely pleased, I was, talking to a friend who works for the Metropolitan Police, to hear about one of the measures being taken against road haulage crime. Millions of pounds worth of goods "fall off the back of lorries" every year - but the shoe manufacturers, a couple of years ago, cracked it.

The solution was simple, but brilliant. They now transport left shoes and right shoes in different lorries. I find myself beaming at the thought of the first criminal to be caught out by the ploy. "Rodders, you plonker! How am I supposed to shift 150,000 left shoes?"

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Ha! That's brilliant!

Posted by: Devil's Kitchen | Sep 5, 2005 11:17:13 AM

What makes me suspect this simple yet brilliant scheme did not originate with Plod or some overpriced "security consultant"?

I'm going to remember this for use as a nasty interview question. Should sort the sheep from the goats.


Posted by: Remittance Man | Sep 5, 2005 2:27:47 PM

For years - literally for years - I had wondered why I kept on seeing single shoes by the roadside. How could so many people lose one shoe? And now I know.

Posted by: Natalie Solent | Sep 6, 2005 1:03:31 PM