Submitted by Popman007 in Illegalism (edited )

I am a white, middle aged, married father of two, good job, great life. And I am a hardcore self scan shoplifter.

It isnt to stick it to the man or poor me on the Cost or to challenge the establishment deciding to replace people with business or any other bullshit. My reasons are simple.

  1. Because it's so fucking easy.
  2. Shit I want is more than I want to spend.
  3. Risk of getting caught is so minimal.
  4. Allows me to trade or sell off extra shit for things I want.

Why I'm sharing this? Because in three months I've lifted close to $4,000 worth of shit and there's little left to steal atm so why not pass this knowledge on.

Favorite Targets: Wal-Mart by and far the Number One on my list. Meijer Target K-mart (non self checkout..whole other method for a different time)

Methods and Tips:

  1. Being a white middle aged man doesn't hurt. I know white privledge.
  2. Dont fuck with things with alarms triggers or have scan tags inside.
  3. Dont fuck with anything that dont fit in bags. Walmart will almost never check your receipt if your stuff fits in bags. This is a deal breaker.
  4. Pass around method is fine. Just keep limit within reason.
  5. Buy enough to make total price appropriate. If you buy 10 things and total is 5 bucks it will be suspicious. You can always return things that actually rang up later.
  6. Fake barcode scans. Dont photocopy and tape or glue to a package. If they do stop you and find it on the package you are fucked. I simply tape a real one (buy the cheap item and do this off site, dont try to do this at the store. Too much time and risk.)on my palm and scan it instead of more expensive item. Just mix it up. Dont want the same item and price showing up on screen and receipt 5 times in a row.
  7. Avoid barcode scans that come up as 9 cents or 25 cents to use with #6. To much suspicion.
  8. Make hauls modest. You don't have the empty a single store in one fell swoop.
  9. Pick busy busy times or super early or super late. 8 to 5 is wrong time to go.
  10. Above all else your goal is to avoid contact. Dont loiter. Get in and get out. Avoid interaction if possible. Dont ne rude. Always smile and converse but dont stay ,longer than necessary.

I will be happy to answer any questions within reason.

I'll be updating this post from time to time as a catharsis.

Good luck. Update: 10/20/18

I have added a couple new weapons to the arsenal.

  1. Buy some things that are a higher prices. Then go to another store and lift those same things. Bag them out of view and continue shopping. If stopped, you have a receipt on hand for the items that you were going to return.

A couple things though.

Decoy- Cameras are everywhere so be smart about it and grab a couple of whatever to are doing this with so if confronted you can easily show where you dropped the decoy or hell just go back to area a couple minutes later and out the decoy back.

Moderation- Rememeber the adage Pigs get fat but Hogs get slaughtered. Dont try to lift it all at one place and time.

Size- as with the rule #3 size matters. If it don't fit in a bag easily under a coat, avoid it.

  1. Single item scan for multiple boxes of same item. This works great on anything that is a multi pack display but is meant for individual sale.

  2. Conceal in something else. I like to combine with #12. Blu rays are perfect for this. Empty box-put in blu-ray-refill box. Just dont take boxes blu rays with alarm obviously. I've been able to completely stock my video library this way. (Game of thrones all seasons, Friday 13th collections, nightmare on elm street collection, the hard collection..the list goes on. Probably. Close to 50 new additions. Remeber the Decoy rule above.

I'll add more as time goes on.

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Newt wrote

I don't do self-checkout lifting because the people at my local Walmart watch you like a hawk. One clerk actually had the nerve to start going through my insulated grocery bag before I even started scanning anything. I physically pushed him away with my body and gave him a nasty look. My fucking wallet was sitting beside the bag, and I told him NOBODY gets near my wallet.

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DapperDan wrote

Palming the barcode is the way to go.If you attach it to the said product and they find it you're busted.

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Popman007 OP wrote

Yep. Only time i ever got busted was before I adopted number 3. Had a bunch of kick ass shelves 30 bucks each. Had a barcode scan for a 5 buck shelf. The woman decided to scan the item in my cart and the reciept and when it didnt match she called over LP. I pretended to cough and put the barcodes in my mouth. Depending on how long it would take they'd either disolve enough to swallow or id spit out later. She was indignant about it that she know I was scanning something blah blah. So when LP started in with Explain how this rang up 5 and its a 30. I got downright IGNORANT with them both. I said how the fuck do i know how your machine works. You tell me. they then searched every bag. The whole time I'm getting more pissed off about it (visually) and started going off about the fact that I'm the only white guy in the store so of course i get stopped. (I know fucked up change of pace.) The guy said can we check your persons? I knew the whole time they were casing the floor looking for the mystery bar code miss thing said she saw. I said Are you fucking kidding me? No. You can't. But I'll tell you what you can do. Call the police. Right now. And im calling my lawyer next. This is bullshit. He stared at me for a minute and I said well whats it going to be? He gave up and siad i could go but not with the shelves. Then I said well then i want a refund on everything on the receipt. NOW! He told the girl behind the customer service desk to isue the refund on the shelves. She finished refunding everything. And I left. With everything but the shelves. I've been back but am always careful to wear a hat, no glasses. And at a diffetent time.

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Lifted_Hickory wrote

Yep. I've been doing this for years now. Every single shopping trip is marked by some self checkout shenanigans. I've gotten it down to being able to buy a whole cart load of weekly groceries for about $20-30 with no suspicion. I cycle through different stores and hit multiple locations. I've got some techniques that have been providing very well, and no one bats an eye.

I don't agree on the no talking, and such. I've literally done walkouts of hundreds of $$$ in merch while talking to an associate that just got off duty for the day. I have good relationships with alot of the people at stores where I lift. Seems to keep me on the level and above suspicion.

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Whatchagonnado wrote

He said talk and be friendly. Just don’t linger

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Lifted_Hickory wrote

He said avoid interaction and to avoid contact. I'm a middle aged guy and it's typical to see people my age talking to the associates so that's what I do. It's weird if you avoid interaction, but also weird if you go out of your way to talk to people. It just needs to be natural...

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Popman007 OP wrote

I probablu could have worded it better. My point was to be polite and talk as little as needed unless of course you are a natural speaker. I was stopped by the Wal-Mart recipt checker the other day with 2+$100 keyboards, a $200 drone, abiut $500 worth of various toys/collectibles. Of which inpaid for about $80 worth of it. Drone was underneath it all and keyboards and toys on top. She could see inbought 2 keyboards (a cheap 10 Buck one that still rang up keyboard) and a bunch of toys. We chatted about being from the South and all. So no I dont mean to be a pariah, just dont go out of your way to interact with people.

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NRTHRLVL wrote

As for #6 where I live the self scanner will weigh the item. If the weight doesn’t match up it automatically send a message to the person watching over the self checkout area. In theory it’s a cool idea, may not work everywhere unless there is something I’m not understanding.

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Newt wrote

True, but there's an easy way to avoid this if your register has a scanning wand. Just leave the item in your cart and scan with the wand. Doing that bypasses the weight check.

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Popman007 OP wrote

Keep weights close to each other or rearrange things. Then just put the bagged item in the cart. These things are so touchy that the cashiers know it too. Especially if the place is busy they will never think twice.

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ezoz wrote

How would you recommend getting electronics like a kindle? Do I just get a cheaper model, take off the barcode in my car, then go back in at a later time and get a more expensive model? Anything to look out for other than the tips mentioned? I've heard some barcodes have special tape so they rip in half when peeled.

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Popman007 OP wrote

Electronics are tricky. I dont have tools but one is on order to remove tags. But using the barcode idea only works if you remove it completely. I.e. cut it off. So unless the cheaper kindle is significantly cheaper iy would not be worth it to buy just to remove the barcode.

You could try to remove the barcode in store and do it that way. But again lots of risks.

Other than traditional lifting (I am NOT the one talk to about this. I have no clue how people pull this off. They are fucking gods amongst man.) My only method on this would be #12. That way if you pull it off, you get it free once you return the other with the receipt. If you do it well a couple times before turning it in to get your money back you might end up with a couple extra to sell. I have done this to the tune of 12 -$100 keyboards 20- $60-100 Mice and about 10 cell phone cases.

Good luck.

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ezoz wrote

Ok cool, I know Razer products aren't source tagged so those should be easy af. Thanks for the method, if I try it I will tell you how it went.

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darknessinwait wrote

At my targets theres no one at the doors and the self checkout is watched by the cashier at a register so no one is watching really. Thats the only place I apply my barcode stickers because I want to deactivate any tags. With this method Ive already gotten 3 vacuums the past couple months.

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