Case Study | Sutton Coldfield Lie Detector Tests expose Dishonest Employee

Mar 4, 2021

Sutton Coldfield Lie Detector Tests expose Dishonest Employee  

In November last year our client wrote to us for some advice regarding Sutton Coldfield lie detector tests for her employees. This year she implemented them.

Sandy’s Case

To say that Sandy’s hairdressing activity has been sporadic since the Covid-19 pandemic is an understatement.  Her business, like so many others, is struggling to survive.  It hasn’t been helped by some expensive hair products being stolen from her salon.

The brand she promotes is supplied on a sale or return basis. Before the pandemic she was selling large volumes of hair repair and conditioning products. Even when the salon was closed clients were ordering online.  However, on her last two stock checks product to the value of over £6,000 was missing. This meant she would have to take a loss she simply couldn’t afford.

When she contacted her insurance provider, since there was no break in, they wouldn’t cover the loss.

When Sandy wrote to us taking advantage of the free advice we offer on our blog, our West Midlands Polygraph Examiner responded to her.  You can access her initial enquiry and our examiner’s response by clicking on commercial lie detector tests.

Sutton Coldfield Lie Detector Tests

Sandy already had an idea who the culprit was but wasn’t prepared to take the risk of singling that person out, with a possibility that she might be wrong.  Instead she ordered polygraph examinations for three of her 11 stylists.

Before ordering she sent all employees a memo stating that she was going to introduce periodic lie detector tests into their employment contracts. The reason she gave was that she wanted to eliminate them from future police and insurance assessor investigations. None of the employees objected which made her wonder if her suspicions were founded.

The polygraph examinations were conducted on the same day in her closed hairdressing salon. The test results revealed that the stylist Sandy suspected was being deceptive.  The other two weren’t.


When presented with his polygraph results the deceptive stylist confessed that he had been stealing the hair products.  He’d set up a website selling them online and had intended to replace the products gradually.  Because there was so much stock he hoped that Sandy wouldn’t notice the deficit.

Laying his cards on the table, he said that the pandemic had destroyed his mobile hairdressing activities that he’d always done to supplement his income from the salon. With a new baby on the way he was desperate.

Being one of her best stylists, Sandy agreed that if he returned the unsold stock he’d stolen and repaid the remainder, she would give him another chance.


It’s not unusual for a dishonest employee to agree to a periodic lie detector test clause being inserted into their contract.  This is because when all employees agree and one doesn’t naturally colleagues wonder why.  Some confess before even taking the test. Others rush home and search the internet for tips on “how to beat a lie detector test”. None of these tips work when the subject is up against a highly experienced examiner with state of the art polygraph technology.

In many cases, a crime has been heavily weighing on a culprit’s mind.  They want to confess but can’t find it in themselves to do it face to face. Naturally they are also scared they’ll lose their job and reputation.  A lie detector test is a way of bringing the matter out in the open, providing an opportunity to explain why they did it.

Few companies can afford theft in the workplace during this pandemic.  Given the circumstances our client was extremely forgiving and generous.  Many would have insisted the police charge the employee and prosecute.  This stylist was incredibly lucky.

Ask a Polygraph Examiner

At Lie Detector Test UK any call to our free helpline (0800 368 8277) or contact via our website will be kept confidential. However, we understand that some clients like Sandy, wanted to remain anonymous until they make up their minds what they want to do.  This is why the free advice offered on our blog is so popular.

As a company we will go the extra mile to help in any situation involving dishonesty and you can always rely on our discretion.

Please note that all case studies on our blog have the permission of our clients to be published. Names and locations have been changed to protect their privacy and security.

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