I've lifted a lot back in my teens. Took a break for a few years. Then, started to lift again. I've been lifting at w@lm@rt, t@rg3t, my campus bookstore, d!ck$, CV$, etc. And my favorite place to lift is that red bulls eye.
So, I've been lifting at the red bulls eye for about a good year. I usually rotate through about 5 t@rg3t's near my area. I've lifted a whole bunch of stuff. At least 90% of my wardrobe is now from that red bulls eye. I love their clothes. Car accessories, phone accessories, board games, hygiene products, food, skateboards, medications, CDs, etc. I've used a variety of tactics, such as concealing on my persons, wearing it out, social engineering, but the one I've been using the most is getting the sticker barcodes off those really inexpensive items, then putting them over the more expensive product's price barcode, then going through s3lf ch3ck 0ut. It always worked.
Then, this last time, I went to t4rg3t. A new one I've never been to. Put a cheaper item's barcode sticker on an expensive item, then proceeded through $elf ch3ck 0ut, as usual. As I paid for my item and received the receipt, a worker comes up to me and asks for the receipt. She caught me. I have no idea how she caught me. Maybe they finally just caught up to me by reaching out to each other. Maybe I got sloppy at a previous t4rg3t. She took my things. No further conversing, and i walked out. I even drove my car backwards through the parking lot, so they wouldn't catch my plate(no front pates). I've read through a bunch of your posts about t4rg3t's infamous LP since reddit. And i think this is what will finally make me stop lifting for a while.
It was a great run. As I think about it, yeah I am scared. Havent been caught in a LONG time and it spooked me. I hope everyone the best, but man am I bummed. Be careful out there. Never get sloppy and never compromise your tactics. Sometimes I got careless and cut corners, but I thought I was good since I never got stopped. But it finally caught up.