"I just had the police on the phone." I lied
"Oh yeah... what did they want?"
"Oh nothing special. Something about stolen Xmas trees" I lied
"Yeah, and what did you tell them?
"I told them we have receipts for every Xmas tree that we sell at the centre. We do everything to the letter of the law. Everything above board."
"Yeah receipts, I just crank them out on the bosses PC. They look very official. You wouldn't be wanting some for your Xmas trees would you?"
"Depends on how much they cost"
"Not much... just 50% of your takings"
"50 friggen %... no way"
"Suit yourself" and I walked off leaving Roope to scan the horizon for the flashing blue lights and the siren.