Shoplifting Anonymous 4152
Have you ever shoplifted? Why? Did you regret it or ever get caught?
Yeah, once when I was five. I saw some earrings, and thought I put it back, turns out I put in my pocket. I felt really bad when I found it later.
Don't do it, OP. Unless it is a matter of life or death, and I mean literally. Some people have diseases and they need help. Seek professional help.
Countless times. I can count 15 stolen things from where I'm sitting right now. I'm not a klepto because I don't take things I don't need. I make more money now so it's gotten better.
I stole a protein bar a few days go. there's no hope for me, anon. I'm sorry.
Cooking pan, plate, bowls, cup, sheets, blanket, pillow, shoes, swimsuit, soap, toothpaste, floss, ok done incriminating myself now
When I was young and my father was in the hospital dying, I started to shoplift candy and gum and that sort of thing because one family member would just assume that another family member bought me it. Normally, while my Mom was shopping and we were in line waiting, I'd just slip some of the candy by the checkout into my pocket. I never stole anything but sweet treats, nothing valuable. I think I did this for a few weeks before I got caught. My Mom sent me into the Dollar General to get some candy and I walked all around the store silently stealing some candy and no doubt being incredibly obvious to anyone but myself. I did buy some and when I walked from the checkout, another employee stopped me and held out her hand and said something like "give it to me." I gave her all the candy I had stolen. And I felt a terrible shame and fear that she would step out and talk to my Mom about it, but she was cool and didn't. I ran to the car and screamed inwardly for my Mom to get the fuck out of there. That's it.
I'll still pig out on food in the self-serve bulk food section of some stores without paying. And there were a few times in college where I just ate some of the stuff I was going to buy in the store and decided not to pay. But I haven't done a traditional "slip something in my pocket for later" shoplift since I was caught in the Dollar General. It was too traumatic.
Only ever stole food, which I think is different from a lot of people, but I don't know.
"No! You can't steal from millionares at the head of corporations! That is wrong, they need that money!"
Give me a break. Not everyone who shoplifts is a klepto who needs psychiatric help. Quit telling people to seek help who you only know one thing about. You have no idea how unvelievably stupid that makes you sound.
I would say it's perfectly fine to shoplift as long as you don't try to pretend it's moral to do so. If you're going to be a scoundrel at least be an honest scoundrel.
I too got caught shoplifting from DG when I was 13. Last time I ever shoplifted. I used to steal makeup and nailpolish, just little things like that.
The cashier caught me, and at first like an idiot I denied having anything, but she told me she'd call the cops if I didn't hand it over.
In the end, she didn't rat me out and just said that if I ever came to that Dollar General again she'd call the cops.
I went in like a week later with a haircut and she didn't recognize me lol.
ok i understand the way someone would steal a candy bar or whatever but how the fuck do you steal a cooking pan or a bowl? surely those are too hefty to just stow upon your person?
hahaha perks of being a woman. it's surprising how much fits in my bag. it looks something like picrel
lol I did the same thing when I was 5 except it was water balloons, not earrings. Haven't ever shoplifted aside from that.
how to steal books? ive only stolen one once with my ex bff at barnes n noble. she showed me how to take off the sticker inside the pages so that the alarm wont go off but i'm unsure if books even still have those? lol
Don't know how to shoplift books, but you can pirate plenty from libgen.
Barnes and noble is fine, I've done like 10 books at a time there. Just check the pages like you're doing for any stickers. I've never even found one.
Google Play Books is a good ereader too
i shoplift almost everyday. basically everything i own is shoplifted unless its a bigger or big ticket item. i only target large chains and i dont feel bad about it.
i havent been caught in about 4 years because i dont do it brazenly or greedily anymore. when i was caught it wasnt serious. i was polite and they let me go.
i've done it before after i wrecked my MILs crepe pan and wanted to replace it. wait for the cashier ladies to chat and just walk out with it in hand.
I first started stealing lighters from gas stations when I was 18/19, then it turned into beauty products and eventually clothes that didn't have those weird plastic tags on them.
I'm older now but occasionally I get the urge, and if the item is small/not a locally owned business/no cameras, I'll just take it.
i probably shoplifted stuff worth thousands of dollars. all while i was younger than 14-15 though. i still have most of the stuff around. the thing that turned me off shoplifting (well other than becoming an adult i suppose) is that i got caught one time. i took a phone case from a big chain book store in a mall and i left the shop. i go on the escalator to the upper floor and i see some security guard coming up and im like oh thats weird but to my horror, he actually came to me. i dont remember what he actually said to me but basically i was told i stole something and that i have to come back to the store. with my 14 year old panic i deny it, but the security just doesnt take my shit, then i just conjure this act where im really sick and i have to go the bathroom. after some guilt tripping he actually escorts me to the bathroom. my grand idea was that i could get rid of the phone case by flushing it down the toilet like a 14 year old drug addict whos about to get a posession charge, then nobody could prove i took it. i do it somehow. hands in mall toilet water style. the security guy makes everyone else evacuate the bathroom as if i was a suicide bomber as im elbow deep in toilet water. he takes me back to the back room of the book store where the manager is. they have this talk about calling the police and then i intervened, begging them not to. then the manager pulls me into another room and we sit and talk. first he asks me to call my parents and i beg against that aswell. it turned into this situation where he started scolding me like a big brother. me crying and making up stories to make him feel bad meanwhile. i also said i was younger than i actually was. i hysterically cried and made up sob stories for around an hour. looking now, the manager was an angel. i didnt have money but honestly i just shoplifted for the thrill. he really didnt know what to do with me. eventually he took me to the register and asked for all the cash i had and that wasnt even the half of the cost. let me go afterwards. even if only my parents knew and nobody took any other action, i would be fucked so this traumatized me for weeks. i got home and stared at a wall blank for a while
>>4234>the manager was an angel
that is a really disgusting ordeal to inflict on a child and traumatise them with over a fucking phonecase. you should've told your parents and had them sue.
i have been caught but i just acted calm, was honest and complied. in the UK they will normally let you go if you're underage, honest and polite.
most of the people who've caught me have been pretty chilled.
just dress nice, don't take more than one item, don't take the piss, don't take the employees for fools, and don't fly too close to the sun. it's best to buy products and lift the most expensive one, as then you have deniability.
in addition to this, it's best to say that you're 17 if you're under 21/can pass as 17.
i think saying i was 17 when i was actually 18 reason i was let off.
shoplift safely, s
lol i have taken literally all of the things you've mentioned here.
i once got out of debenhams with 2 king size duvets worth $50 each. god knows how, i used to be way too ballsy.
i also have 7 chanel perfumes shoplifted from various airports & debenhams. i managed Dior sunglasses & 2 dior mascaras from an aiport too. and countless designer makeup.
also took a Reiss coat from gatwick worth £300 ($500) for my ex i wish he hadnt given it away i wouldve liked it back!!!
honestly it would be worse if my parents knew about it. maybe youre right but from what i know you dont get let off being caught without a huge hassle in my country. i think it differs in some places.
Yes. When I was a kid a store in my tiny town got Pokemon cards. I stole like half the boosters out of the box. They never stocked them again, probably because of the money they lost on it. I feel really bad about it today.
yeah, i usually steal at least one thing from walmart everytime i go through self checkout, just because its so easy. i felt guilty at first for doing it but ive done it so often that i feel extremely guilty and dissappointed in myself if i DONT. i know it sounds weird but i feel bad paying for something that i could easily just steal and it doesnt really hurt anyone, much less a multi billion dollar corporation. Ive never really gotten caught but one time i fake scanned something and the machine caught me, so an employee had to come over and make sure i scanned it correctly. i acted confused like it was a mistake and the old employee believed me, it wasnt really a big deal.
I used to steal makeup and stuff from marshalls and tjmax when i was 13 but one time another shopper caught me and tried to guilt trip me into feeling bad about it.
"i saw what you did with the lipstick. we both know it wasnt right."
honestly i wanted to slap her because it was literally a 50 cent lipstick and she was acting like i stole food from the hand of a starving child. and she wasnt even an employee, why did she take it upon herself to chastise me when it has nothing to so with her and doesnt affect her in any way? she had nothing to gain from doing that. my mom overheard and looked all confused and the lady said "you need to teach your daughter that stealing isnt right." and then kind of hung back to see what she would say. my mom lead me away while telling her to leave us alone, and then when we were far away she felt my pockets and discovered all 8 of the lipsticks/eyeliners i had shoved in there. i cant even remember what she said but she whisper yelled at me for like a full 5 minutes while i tried to get her to believe that i was just holding them there so i could pay for them once we were about to leave. after all that i tried to make her feel bad for not believing me and went to the car but it was ok because the only thing i wanted was this really pretty purple lipstick that i shoved in my bra, but she didnt find it so i got to keep it.
i guess that random strangers little guilt trip worked because my heart dropped whenever i even thought about stealing from marshalls or tjmax again, but i started doing it again after a little while just to spite her.
god, i dont even know why i typed all that out. i might really be fucking autistic.
wow fuck that bitch lol. stealing from big chains has literally 0 effect, it's called shrink and they literally add it to their margins. I'm pissed at this woman for you tbh, I can't imagine being such a bootlicker
>>4255>wow fuck that bitch lol. stealing from big chains has literally 0 effect, it's called shrink and they literally add it to their margins.
If it has 0 effect why do they add it to their margins?
>>4254>honestly i wanted to slap her because it was literally a 50 cent lipstick and she was acting like i stole food from the hand of a starving child. and she wasnt even an employee, why did she take it upon herself to chastise me when it has nothing to so with her and doesnt affect her in any way? she had nothing to gain from doing that.
I knew intellectually there were adults with level 2 moral reasoning skills, but it still shocks me a little bit reading that, are you autistic?
>i cant even remember what she said but she whisper yelled at me for like a full 5 minutes while i tried to get her to believe that i was just holding them there so i could pay for them once we were about to leave. after all that i tried to make her feel bad for not believing me
If there's nothing wrong with the behavior why would you have to hide it? Just be honest that you were stealing shit.
>god, i dont even know why i typed all that out. i might really be fucking autistic.
That's pretty obvious as you couldn't construct a mental model of someone else's reason for intervention.
on an individual level it has no effect, big companies operate under the assumption people will steal already.
>>4258>on an individual level it has no effect, big companies operate under the assumption people will steal already.
That doesn't mean it has no effect, that means they expect it.
The only thing I hate more than a thief is one that tries to frame it as harming no one, or possibly being a good thing. God damn, if you're going to be an awful person, just be an awful person proudly, no need to create all these explanations for why you're secretly a good person.
can't tell if you're 12 or autistically pedantic but go on, do you have a point?
oh there it is lol hope the boot tastes good sis
My point is stop trying to justify being a thief and just be a scoundrel properly. God.
I don't give a single fuck about the boot, I pirate shit all the time. I just don't pretend it's a moral thing to do and write a bunch of essays about how it's okay to.
>>4263>stop trying to justify being a thief and just be a scoundrel properly
(No one's trying to make it out to be a good thing, this is literally a thread about shoplifting experiences idk what you expected)
I expected cool and interesting stories about shoplifting not>oh it doesn't actually hurt anyone>why does anyone else care when I do bad things?>corporations aren't hurt so it's okay to do this
I expected shit like this. >>4158
Done right impressive to take an entire cooking pan.
I don't want to be mean anymore cause I'm the cooking pan anon and now I'm flattered, I see your point
>>4236>that is a really disgusting ordeal to inflict on a child and traumatise them with over a fucking phonecase. you should've told your parents and had them sue.
I'd really love to see the court case of someone claiming they were so traumatized from a criminal experience gone wrong, because it made them no longer want to commit further criminal activities.
Has anyone here tried anything similar?
I used to steal extra fruits and vegetables by selecting them as something else and putting the wrong number in
I wish I had the guts to shoplift
lol, found the corporate bootlicker
>I knew intellectually there were adults with level 2 moral reasoning skills, but it still shocks me a little bit reading that, are you autistic?
funny how youre calling me autistic when youre literally in the preconventional stage of moral development where you cant think past the notion of "sTeAlInG bAd BeCaUsE sTeAlInG bAd".
youre the one seething and frothing at the mouth because people are talking about shoplifting in a thread about shoplifting. >If there's nothing wrong with the behavior why would you have to hide it? Just be honest that you were stealing shit.
"w-why would you want to hide behavior that could get you in legal trouble and result in punishment from those with more authority than you?????" youre retarded or something? lol.
also, point out where i said there was nothing wrong with stealing. please.>That's pretty obvious as you couldn't construct a mental model of someone else's reason for intervention.
honestly im happy that im not retarded enough to rationalize getting so worked up about a corporation losing 50 cents that i have to take it upon myself to waste my time and energy guilt tripping someone instead of going about my day.
I'm going to attempt to break up this post in hopes that it lets me actually post in the thread somehow.
>funny how youre calling me autistic
You literally self-described as possibly being autistic, why do you take offense at being called autistic?
>when youre literally in the preconventional stage of moral development where you cant think past the notion of "sTeAlInG bAd BeCaUsE sTeAlInG bAd".
Please quote me where I say this.
>"pa the tic" is a banned word
Holy fuck admin what the hell.
>youre the one seething and frothing at the mouth because people are talking about shoplifting in a thread about shoplifting.
This was resolved by someone more interesting than you here>>4266>>4267
>"w-why would you want to hide behavior that could get you in legal trouble and result in punishment from those with more authority than you?????" youre retarded or something? lol.
If your mother would turn over a teenager to the police for the amount of petty theft you performed than I suppose I understand your relationship with authority slightly better.
>also, point out where i said there was nothing wrong with stealing. please.
You brought up this
>i know it sounds weird but i feel bad paying for something that i could easily just steal and it doesnt really hurt anyone, much less a multi billion dollar corporation.
which is blatantly whitewashing your action as at least neutral. I would actually respect you if you stole from corporations because it hurt them, I would think you're stupid, but at least I'd respect you.
>honestly im happy that im not retarded enough to rationalize getting so worked up about a corporation losing 50 cents that i have to take it upon myself to waste my time and energy guilt tripping someone instead of going about my day.
You see this is where poor theory of mind comes into play. There's a group of people out there that get more energy from social interactions. They in fact feel more energetic when they interact with other people, bonus points if it involves helping those other people become better people (and not petty thieves). Unlike you who found the exchange exhausting, it probably made her feel better to try (and fail) to help you be a better person.
If you're poor and lift cheap things from big chains, it's not morally reprehensible to me even if it may affect some exploited staff aswell. it can be tempting sometimes in a sticking it to someone type of way.
that being said I don't think its worth it possibly being held by shop detectives and then going through humiliation and punishment. that is emotional and social self-harm to take on that risk. take care girlies
>>4236>that is a really disgusting ordeal to inflict on a child and traumatise them with over a fucking phonecase. you should've told your parents and had them sue.
I do that all the time
my favourite is counting pistachio nuts as regular peanuts that are approximately 8 times cheaper
I also used to steal anything I could from work but not just simply taking things hidden with me but instead abandon in different, sometimes strange places for some time in case if someone notice the lack and ask for certain item so you have always plan-B as being forgetful
btw think twice before stealing even if nobody is watching and cannot proove anything cuz people will anyway feel suspicious about you
now I don't steal from work cuz the employer treats me well
I hate this too. Do what you have to do, everyone does something bad or wrong in their lives. But you're not Robin Hood for doing it.
Yes. I haven't done it in a while but i've acquired a hairbrush, deodorant and a few bottles of nail polish because it's one of the few things in the higyene section at walmart without magnetic stickers. Then they started putting a security guard to watch the hygiene isle, so i'll just put stuff in my cart and keep walking, then transfer to my purse or pocket in an emptier isle. From the food section i used to get chocolate bars and such.
One thing I do that ramps up my confidence is going regularly on the supermarket to just act suspicious and look at stuff i'll actually buy in the near future (without stealing anything). Mostly because I like doing supermarket trips even if they don't envolve theft
>>4406>so i'll just put stuff in my cart and keep walking, then transfer to my purse or pocket in an emptier isle.
I always did that>One thing I do that ramps up my confidence is going regularly on the supermarket to just act suspicious and look at stuff i'll actually buy in the near future (without stealing anything). Mostly because I like doing supermarket trips even if they don't envolve theft
I did this all the time without even realizing I was suspicious because no one ever approached me. this works especially well if you go to the store regularly so the workers aren't suspicious of you
i used to shoplift a LOT when i was a young teenager. mostly cosmetics, crafting stuff and alcohol. i got caught two times and even though nothing came of it i've become a bit scared of that happening again, so now i very rarely do it. i used to have this huge brown leather H&M bag (similar to pic related), probably stole thousands of euros worth of alcohol using it. never got caught with the alcohol luckily, i pretty much supplied half my school with liquor back in the day>>4173
this tbh, i don't see it as a revolutionary act or anything but i don't think it's morally wrong to steal from a big corporation. have never stolen anything from an actual person in my life, though.
i unironically shoplift everytime i go to walmart>use self check out>scan half of my items but still bag everything>the workers never notice anything everytime
Idk if this counts but my teachers treated me like shit so I stole a bunch of things from school (not as much as I would have liked though) in revenge. Mostly books from the library, art supplies, office supplies, keys etc. I feel absolutely no regret, the school was a shithole and the staff deserved it.
>>4471>i don't think it's morally wrong to steal from a big corporation
What about the staff who have to make up for the loss?
Yeah, I don't think people realize that because major corporations are shit, they often pass this down to the frontline staff. Like yes, they have insurance and can cover those losses, but they still pass the buck. When I worked at Target, they calculated stolen items and then removed the value of those hours from the department they were taken from as an incentive to make people more alert of shoplifters and to try to catch more of them.
Now I still don't care if someone is stealing because they can't afford food or toiletries or whatever, but when people brag about stealing tonnes of shit just because they can, I always wonder if the poor employees are going to get the flack for it.
i don't live in the bleak shithole that is the US, so that's not how it works around here. it's absolutely ridiculous that an employee should have to make up that loss
Yeah, mostly small stuff. No reason for it, i just saw it and wanted it so i took it. Makeup, small jewelry from chain stores, snacks etc. I even shoplifted shit for my friends if they paid me like 5$ for it or just to show off how much i could get away with, though i hated taking them with me because they acted very suspicious. At my worst moments i even stole things FROM my friends, though i used to return it when i could find a chance if i felt bad enough about it. I have no idea why i did that. Might be just bpd (bad person disorder) tbh, but i'm trying to get better. I think i have not shoplifted since i turned 18 and i've gotten pretty good at controlling the impulse of being unecessarily terrible to the people around me.
Anyway, i'm not morally against shoplifting honestly, but i definitely only did it for the hell of it and don't feel proud. I think i just wanted to feel something.
Yeah maybe so. I have a problem with impulsive behavior, be it stealing or spending too much. I think the nona upthread was right, this is usually the behavior of people who are mentally ill in some way. Thankfully, i'm already getting help.
When I was a tot, probably until I was 4 I had sticky paws, but ever since I was old enough to know right from wrong? One once, accidentally. I was no older than 10 and I was in a convenience store with my mother, I put a bag of sweeties on the counter along with the rest of my mother's shopping and the cashier didn't scan them. No one noticed until I ate half the bag and mother checked the receipt seeing a lack of bill for those sweets.
I have never lived that moment down since, and haven't lifted anything since unless you count digital piracy.
almost like honest and paying people get pissed when they see a self entitled brat pocketing things they shouldn't.
You're a complete idiot. employees getting the brunt is extremely common everywhere, especially in jobs like cabin crew where anything stolen from their cart is deducted from their pay in full.
t. have a stewardess friend who has been burned hard by this multiple times in the past
People who shoplift are rarely entitled or brats, they're most likely had poor upbringing(be it mentally poor, financially poor, or everything at once). I'm not justifying stealing or shoplifting, but when people get poorer the incentive to steal becomes bigger
t. live in a poor country
there's a difference between shoplifting to feed yourself and putting 50 cents makeup in your bra to hide it.
Do you have any data to back this up? Every single shoplifter in this thread has never mentioned anything about being poor and needing food. I have not seen a single god damn post made in this thread that they were "poor and hungry" and stole an apple or loaf of bread.>>4579>spoiler
Person who I replied to didn't differentiate between those things. And by poor people I don't necessarily mean people on the verge of starving to death, I mean poor as in they steal food to save some money.>>4592
See what I wrote above. I don't use statistics I'm talking about my personal experience, ppl from this thread don't have to be poor or live in a poor country.
>>4597>Person who I replied to didn't differentiate between those things.
well they were replying to someone who was complaining about being scalded for stealing the 50 cent makeup
my one "bad" friend and I used to steal stuff from TJMaxx in high school. Nothing big or expensive, just small things so we could feel the thrill and have fun trying to get each other to laugh the whole time.
I sometimes shoplift, mostly food but a few electronics and clothes here and there. A couple of months ago I stole a $200 pair of headphones. I don't consider it morally wrong. These corporations compete with mom and pop shops and force them out of business.
I've been caught a few times but never prosecuted. The first time was a cheap pair of headphones. The security guard confronted me when I returned a few days later. I actually had stolen stuff in my pocket when he confronted me but didn't search me or anything (I was dumb back then). I gave false details in case it was reported but got away with just a store ban in the end.
I'll probably continue, I'm good at it and owning well made headphones/shoes/coats brings me a small amount of happiness in this horrible world.
i would never steal on an airplane, that's dumb as fuck. and no, that's not what it's like in my country. i have worked in retail, i have friends who work in the stores i have shoplifted at, i know the law, no one gets hurt by me doing this except the corporation (and not even them, really, since an 8 euro nailpolish or whatever is nothing but numbers on a paper to them.)
>>4618>I'll probably continue, I'm good at it and owning well made headphones/shoes/coats brings me a small amount of happiness in this horrible world.
Well I suppose if I had to live in a horrible world I would do that too, sounds like a shitty life though.>>4621>i would never steal on an airplane, that's dumb as fuck.
Why? You think it hurts anyone? The corporations just write it off, just gotta get away with it.
not just airplanes but trains too