July 13, 2007, - 7:10 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Jewelry stores–ripe targets for thieves–often have to hire security guards to thwart robberies.
But not Scott Ward. The owner of South Lyon Watch & Jewelry in the Detroit suburb of South Lyon has much smaller, less expensive, and more effective guards to protect his jewels–scorpions. About 12 of them crawl around the jewelry under the glass display cases.
Ward calls his establishment, “The world’s most dangerous jeweler,” and his store motto is, “Stay alert, stay alive.” Says one customer:
The scorpions make you feel kind of creepy. But I think it’s a good idea. I don’t think he will have any theft problems. No one is going to want to stick their hand in there.
Kudos for this innovative thinking that doesn’t necessarily involve high-tech expense and know-how. But if a robber ever does get stung, just wait for the lawsuits to pour in.
I’m waiting for PETA to start the scorpion jewelry security union and demand collective bargaining.
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