Saturday March 6, 2010
Book 11: Massively Parallel — Part IV: Mallcop Command


MASSEY: The word is "shrinkage."   It's when a retailer's inventory is shrinking because of shoplifting or other theft.

MASSEY: I learned the word because shrinkage hasn't been a problem here.

He may have been running like he stole something, but our ninja friend wasn't a shoplifter.

CAPTAIN TAGON: Maybe he was a purse-snatcher?

MASSEY: Unlikely.  The first person to chase him was you, and you still had your wallet.

The only thing that got taken was a fork, and you took that.

MASSEY: The Maitre'D decided you could keep it, with his compliments.