Light Reading Targeted in T-Shirt Theft
A box containing more than 100 T-shirts was stolen over the weekend from the Chicago offices of Light Reading, the company said Monday. The T-shirts -- all white, with the words "LIGHT ME" emblazoned on the front -- were taken from a shared storage closet used by the tenants of 2000 N. Racine Avenue, near Chicago's Sheffield Square District.
Nothing else was disturbed or missing from the closet or Light Reading's sales office.
"There's no rhyme or reason to why someone would want to steal a 'Light Me' T-shirt," says Michelle Gray, Light Reading's Eastern Sales Director. "It's not even that funny to someone outside of our industry." Gray noticed the shirts were missing on Monday morning.
Light Reading often gives dozens of its T-shirts away at industry events and at special parties it throws in cities where telecom industry tradeshows are held (see Supercomm Attendees Get Unstrung). Occasionally, party goers at such events have asked to take home more than one shirt for their spouses or kids, the company says. But never has anyone walked off with an entire box.
Gray describes the office space as "medium security," with two sets of locking doors, one of which is only opened with a coded keypad. However, she says, some of the tenants keep weekend office hours and there's no receptionist to keep an eye on the lobby then.
Gray hasn't filed a police report and says she isn't sure if she can be bothered [ed.note: great sense of civic responsibility, Michelle].
The tenants at 2000 N. Racine are a varied lot. They include the Friends of Lincoln Park, a volunteer organization; Kohl & Madden, a maker of print inks; and several therapists and psychologists.
"I suspect the volunteers. They had the motive, and the opportunity. I believe they may have been working with the therapists. It was either them, or those pesky kids," says Stephen Saunders, president and CEO of Light Reading. "Whoever did it, I've sworn an oath to make the bastards pay."
Around the industry, those that aren't being shaken out by the telecom recession are taking extra security measures against possible theft.
"It's pure symbolism," says Mark Lutkowitz, VP of optical networking research at Communications Industry Researchers Inc. (CIR). "In the telecom business there are a lot of press and analysts who have been jealous of the way Light Reading goes after the truth. Perhaps a few of them, after losing their shirts, decided to take [Light Reading's]."
— Phil Harvey, Petty Theft Correspondent, Light Reading