Caught on Camera: Slipping on a Banana Peel

By: Carlton Purvis, Published on Nov 29, 2013

Fradulent slip and fall is a serious liability problem. One major retail operator told us that it was the number one reason the store had cameras

Slip and fall on a banana peel is an old comedy routine. So you would expect no fraudster would stage a slip and fall on a banana peel in front of a surveillance camera. But if you did, you would be wrong.

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Comments (5)

"Owens is expected to undergo a mental health evaluation..." - It should consist of wtf were you thinking?

Seriously, retailers are not the only ones who have to contend with staged or deliberate slip and falls. It is one reason why we cover 100% of our gaming floor. Just one payout can be thousands of $$$.

Retail, transit, casinos... and definitely restaurants, particularly those that serve alcohol... because you just KNOW some drunken fool is going to trip over his own feet and then try to blame the store.

One recent site we did had several different levels separated by one, two, or three steps, and when we designed the camera layout, we highlighted all the steps and ramps and made sure they were all covered, for exactly this reason.

(1:06 mark) - "A local chiropractor even submitted a $4500 claim on Owens behalf."

wait. a chiropractor was involved in some kind of fraud? shocking.

Felony fraud charges sound like a terrific deterrence. I'm glad the government has the resources to address these issues properly. I it's hard enough to run a business without the demands and distractions of a prosecution, however justified. On a similar occurrence in our small business, we were just thankful the video support was sufficient to discredit the allegations so we could move on. You might call this the tragedy of the commons, because we hope that prosecutions like this deter these dishonest opportunists, but we're not supporting that deterrence. Honestly, who has the time and energy to prosecute?

This is why we are in business folks. Classic example of a good 'return on investment'!

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