Submitted by Rofsy15 in Illegalism

So I’ve been casually lifting for a few years. Recently I’ve felt like I’m becoming reckless and it’s getting out of hand. I should just stop as I obviously don’t want to get caught but I get the urge to every time I’m out and no matter how stressed I am during/after I keep doing it. I’ve only been stopped twice and both were probably 2+ years ago. Luckily the stores never called the police and I’ve not had any problems returning to them.

I know it’s stupid because I KNOW I should just stop and I feel myself being reckless and I’m getting major anxiety and paranoia around it but it feels like an addiction. I don’t need to do this and I can easily afford everything I take but I get a high when I lift and just don’t seem to be able to stop. I don’t think it’s kleptomania as it is still a rational mind process and there is some level of thought going into what I want/take. But at the same time I don’t feel in control.

Does any of this make sense? If anyone has felt the same or just has any advice generally it would be much appreciated.

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Esperaux wrote

I personally stop every now and then to remind myself to not get too greedy. Since it's better to take just a little overtime instead of taking very risky gambles that increase the chances of getting caught.

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DeeGirl wrote

People can get addicted to shoplifting and that is different from kleptomania. I’ve struggled with getting careless and I got caught TWICE! I overlooked the signs we are all taught to look out for. Luckily those times I got caught were not my “greedy” days so I had a low charge. We all have different reasons why we lift. Personal enjoyment, needs, sticking it to retail, whatever. I could never imagine not enjoying lifting because the want to steal, and the act of stealing is a huge part of who I am. If you get to the point where it no longer does anything for you, you really need to rethink it. If you are getting panicky and nervous you need to step back for a while and really concentrate on what visual you present to those around you. A confident, “normal “, relaxed shopper is usually going to go under the radar. Best of luck!

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BorrowingBrov wrote

is there a word for being addicted to lifting that isn't kleptomania? cause hot damn if that ain't me...

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DeeGirl wrote

Lol same here! I feel disappointed if I leave empty handed. That’s part of what got me caught. I didn’t really want anything but didn’t want to leave with nothing.

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BorrowingBrov wrote

i feel exactly the same way, so yes it absolutely makes sense. like esperaux said, i take a break every once in a while and either don't take anything or only go for small things instead of the usual clothes or sketchbooks or whatever. go back to beginner level shit for a while is my advice. stick with small hauls until you're less anxious.

i know its really hard to stop or to slow down. i even dream about it if i haven't done it for a few weeks. good luck out there soldier.

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BenzoylPeroxide wrote

Agreed. But the worst part, personally, is dreaming when I'm trying to stop. I wake up feeling like shit like I had post nut clarity for hours

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BorrowingBrov wrote

yeah it sucks. i just went out on a small haul today. i got like $100 worth of stuff and it just didn't satisfy me. i usually completely cover the counters of the malls family restroom but today I only covered a bit of it. shits hard man. i was way too anxious today.

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Almonds wrote

What are you doing taking out all your stuff in a fam restroom?

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BorrowingBrov wrote

taking them out of packaging so theyre smaller and my parents wont notice when i come home

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Fmemory wrote

Same Here, when i steal something i a get HIGH. A chocolate that i lifted it has more taste.

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Subversive_Element wrote

I don’t know if I’ve ever stopped completely, but I’ve slowed down to a crawl. I’m talking, going from doing $2000 dollar walkouts at loes hardwear and hoem depo, to grabbing a deli sandwich and soda worth 6 dollars at the local grocery store.

I know how you feel and I’ve been there. Try expanding your “hunting grounds” to stores you would never consider, and just going easy until you are satisfied just grabbing a box of candy for movie night.

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OhNo_a wrote

lift the shop up again like 3 feet from the foundation...

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