Two videos of Best Buy employees reacting to and tackling shoplifters went viral this week and the nature of the moves that the employees put on display has caught the attention of the sports world.
In one video, three shoplifters are seen approaching a smartphone display and suddenly ripping phones out and trying to make a run for it. Two of them are stifled by the wires keeping the phones connected and that allows for multiple Best Buy employees to set up between them and the door. While the first guy might have made it out, it appears that the strong tackling effort prevents the other two from making it.
This Best Buy has a better defense than your favorite NFL team pic.twitter.com/pBlilzeAj9
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) May 9, 2022
Naturally, there were plenty of NFL comparisons and comments surrounding the techniques on display.
Textbook sticks defense from Best Buy pic.twitter.com/ZznG50dnPv
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) May 9, 2022
Kept his shoulders parallel, forced the runner to his help, kept them away from the perimeter, active feet https://t.co/1AMfuXdf5T
— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) May 9, 2022
two things about best buy, from my years working there:
1. they tell you a lot not to get physical with shoplifters in any way
2. they hire people for LP who nonetheless tend to play for the love of the game https://t.co/3oK6AURTNp
— Amanda Mull (@amandamull) May 10, 2022
Best Buy employees rightly getting love for getting sticky during a scramble drill, but respect to the dude in the grey hoodie who dusted everyone off the jump. https://t.co/7A568hxsD4
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) May 10, 2022
Can they talk to the Vikings https://t.co/V3q2yyT6dJ
— Lisa Braun Dubbels (@lisadubbels) May 10, 2022
Meanwhile, a second video went viral a few days later, showing another Best Buy employee absolutely crushing a would-be shoplifter by tackling him into the doorway after they evaded one person.
Best Buy out here hiring former All-American linebackers as employees pic.twitter.com/uOiD4ofQXl
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) May 11, 2022
This one caught the eye of Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin, who invited the tackler to join his team if he just so happens to have any college eligibility left.
#ComeToTheSip if you’ve got eligibility left 😂😂 https://t.co/zFONK6ZLRa
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) May 11, 2022
“#ComeToTheSip if you’ve got eligibility left,” Kiffin said.
The Luke Kuechly of Best Buy employees 😂pic.twitter.com/BPonnAVvAc
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) May 11, 2022
Let it be known. If you’re thinking about stealing from large retail stores, Best Buy is ready for you. And they’ve been practicing.