Submitted by Macy5
on August 27, 2018 at 7:21 PM in Illegalism
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Several. And one in which I did get caught partially because my dumbass accomplice.
In the early days wasn't nearly as knowledgeable now. Wanted new, still in package dvds (before blurays were a thing) for resell. Put them in an old Walmart bag and just walked out setting off the towers. Knew they'd go off so had my cellphone to my ear and was pretending to be on a call as they went off. Heard the greeter yell after me but just kept walking and pretending to be on my phone.
Not TOO long ago (3? 4 years maybe?) was much more confident. So much so I've walked out with full cart loads of unbagged groceries and whatever (nothing tagged in any way/shape/form) but just walked out. Normally I was just ignored the 2-3 times I'd done this prior but this particular time a greeter was at the door. An elderly, wheelchair bound greeter. She called out for my receipt, but my wife was on top of it. Having read Consumerist religiously we were well aware of our rights: we did not have to show our receipt. She said this but the lady kept hounding us. Wife tried again "sorry, we're in a hurry to get back in time for class". By this point a slightly older woman (non-employee) grabbed my arm to stop me but I guess I gave her a look of death because once we locked eyes she let go. Of course I was still in motion so maybe I just got loose. shrug
Wheelchair lady followed us all away across the parking lot (we had parked at the opposite end), wrote down our tag number, and wheeled herself back. Never heard from the police or anything, but honestly didn't expect to in the first place. Was living in another county anyways and the previous address hadn't been updated either.
The time I got caught? Probably the fourth or fifth time I'd had full grocery carts of stuff so was oozing confidence on this trip. Had a friend with me who was supposedly a pro at this stuff coughbullshitcough and supposedly had my back coughs again. I probably would have gotten away with it had it not been for those damn kids... wait... that's Scooby Doo... probably would have gotten away with it but several mistakes.
When I spoke to my attorney I learned I had several options. IF I understood correctly I didn't have to go with the LP dude to their little office & wait for police. HOWEVER, had I touched the guy he probably could have then restrained me. Had they kept me there without physical contact it would have been illegally detained. I MIGHT be completely misunderstanding him though so don't take this as any advice.
Since then I still clepto here and there. It's... idk... just an urge I've had ever since I was a kid. Possible partially because of depression and partially because I was raised as if we never had enough money, stuff, etc. I'll pick up things like junk food, cheese, those little flavor squirt things for water, craft supplies, mystery figures, etc. just to keep the urge under control. Stuff I can masterfully get with a simple slight of hand trick (have gotten so good I've been standing next to friends and family and they're like "wtf how/when?!?") shrug
Did have one other incident though. In this case cleptoed some scented wax. Something else triggered the alarm that surprised me. Something I still have no idea wtf was so probably was a legit item I paid for but didn't get deactivated (think it was one of those stupid $7ish blurays if I had to guess, but even those are 50/50 or 30/70 if actually tagged.) Was with fam so didn't just keep walking, showed the greeter my near 2 ft long receipt, they glanced at the cart full of bagged items, peaked at one or two, shrugged and let us go. Actually regretted not getting something bigger that time around.
And one time I SHOULD have had a close call but either the guy watching self checkouts was naive or, more likely, didn't give a fuck. New self-checkout cameras at apparently (???) a high theft Walmart next to the highway that are super sensitive. If you don't scan it "right" (too many items at once, trying to scan while the light is red so it doesn't register, put something in the bag w/o scanning, etc.) it'll record you, call the attendant over, show the clip (which showed me obviously trying to pretend to scan), have them verify/enter their code, and either ask if the item will be rescanned or not. Have only seen this ONCE out of all the Walmarts (so far) I've been to across state though. Not sure if newly being rolled out across the board or just higher theft stores. (Can anyone else confirm?)
So yeah. Nothing exciting. The extremely rare tower going off thing and keep on walking or pretend I'm on the phone (and keep on walking). But mostly stick to smaller things that are 99% not likely to be sourced tag that I can sell in bulk or that I actually use. Since getting caught that one time my confidence just hasn't fully recovered despite skill, previous huge successes, and even more alert + knowledgeable. From semi-pro to n00b all over again.
One day though... one day I'll have my white whale again and can retire on a high rather than in this embarrassing slump.
i think your main issue, was doing brazen walkout, it makes people extremely greedy and cocky.