I've worked in LP for 10 years, across several retailers, with different LP staffs, in two states.
I've never seen or heard of this happening. NOT. ONCE.
I've seen the odd bad stop here and there; they get resolved immediately, customer gets an apology, usually gets a gift card, and life goes on. I've NEVER - I repeat - NEVER - seen someone try to "sell a bad stop as good."
Most companies do not fire someone for a bad stop if they followed policy and made an honest mistake. If one got caught covering it up like that though, they would be fired immediately. And everyone knows this. Everyone also knows that they risk perjury charges and never working again for lying in reports and in court.
I'm not saying that in the history of retail it has never happened - so go ahead and produce some news article claiming it did. I'm simply saying that if it has happened it's been so rare that your above statement is not even remotely accurate.
If you have been lucky enough not to work for a company that breaths down your throat all the time for numbers. bully for you. The fact is some companies do and that leads to mistakes.
I'm not saying that every LP is messing up or that every one tries to make a bad stop look good. I'm just saying that people in general mess up all the time. People also often try to cover their asses when it happens.
Sounds like you're saying that you saw it once in 10 years. "I fired someone for it."
In 10 years working for a PD, I've also seen ONE cop fired in that time for having sex in a cruiser. I hardly think there's an epidemic of cops having sex in their cruisers all over the city.
Similarly, there's hardly an epidemic of LP making bad stops and covering them up - and by your own admission, you've never actually seen someone lie to the police or lie in court about it, only to their boss or co-workers.
The context of this discussion involved THIS CASE, where the OP WAS prosecuted. Therefore, I find the implication that someone might be lying on the official record about what she did to be far fetched, at best.
You tried to make it sound like this sort of thing "happens all the time." It doesn't, and I think you basically just stated that it doesn't.
I'm not saying it happened in this case and it probably didn't but I know for a fact that the retailer involved here is known for the above mentioned pressure.
I'm not going to argue the issue anymore. We have simply had different experiences in our LP careers and that is that.
This is a very interesting subject. I have dealt with this very situation 3 times in my career. This may seem alot, but I've been doing this for over 40 years. It's very unfortunate. As an Expert Witness, I have been hired by a plaintiff's attorney in a case where a stop went bad; the suspect did not do what was claimed in the LP report and the criminal case was dismissed. In the civil case it went very badly for the retailer and they settled (for a very large amount of money) just before the case was to go to trial.