Submitted by kratos1987 in Illegalism

I've been looking for a site like this for so long. I started lifting long after the lifting subreddit got closed down, so I've never had anyone to tell about this! Anyways, I've been lifting from M@cys and JC for about a year, my first one was a pair of pants in the size up from ones I had already bought there. I bought a size 8 and they tore on the hip cause they were too small, went in and tried on the exact pair a size up and thought to myself Gee, why don't I just wear these out? It was such a rush, I walked the whole way home expecting the police to come around the corner and tackle me.

Anyways, my new method is using an actual shopping bag. I go to a mall that I make sure has a M@cys and a JC. (A lot of malls I've been to has this setup.) I always wear in a jacket, one that's not trashy but clearly not brand new. I go to one of the bathrooms in the mall and put the jacket into the extra-large M@cys bag that I got a long time ago when I bought a larger product, and I put my purse in there too to take up space. Then I go to JC and shop around! Just walking in with a M@cys bag is so easy, everyone's walking around with bags from other stores. I make sure no one's around when I take clothes into the dressing room and just start putting them in the bag. I always take in clothes I won't wear, usually 2 of the same item in different sizes, one that fits and one that doesn't so it looks like I'm just trying them on. Eventually I take the purse and jacket out and put those back on my person. Then I just walk out of that JC with my M@cys bag full of "M@cys" products. Never really had an issue, but sometimes I'm a little too chatty with the employees and then I feel bad and leave. If it's a big enough mall I'll actually go back to the M@cys and grab a couple things from there, although they have a lot more tagged items and I've yet to get a magnet. Does anyone see a major flaw in this method that I haven't seen? My biggest steal was a $200 CK coat, I was so excited but I can't wear it that often because I wore it once and got a LOT of questions... "How did you afford that!?" Was annoying aha.

Haven't lifted clothes for a while, been busy and I prefer to lift from stores that are at least an hour away from me. Most recent lift was a bunch of ol@y products from a CVS, I was legitimately there for a doctor's appointment and I was bored waiting so I wanted to see how many I could bring to the bathroom and unbox and put in my purse haha. Was definitely more risky but there were only two employees in the whole store so I was just having fun. Sorry this is such a long post, I'm just so excited to talk to someone else about it!! It's the only secret I've never even been able to tell my best friend so it's hard to stay quiet!

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Snowman300 wrote

The biggest claw I see is you said sometimes you go back to macys and get stuff there. I would highly suggest not doing that. All it would take is one person to remember you came earlier and just grabbed a bag to bust you. Also I'm not sure if you take multiple trips to fitting room and slowly fill your bag or just one trip. My advice keep it to one trip then immediately leave after because if your doing multi trips they have time to catch on,also more time to set up and bust you.

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kratos1987 OP wrote

Well the bag I use is one that I bring in myself, not one that I get while I'm there. I have a bag I've been reusing for months. I keep it folded up and it still looks new. I generally do multiple trips but you're right, I should just do one or two! I always thought one trip would be a bit more suspicious but maybe it's not.

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autumnlover wrote

Lmao at the CVS part. And I think you're a genius!! Your method is SO smart! I've done something like that at JCP too, but I got the JCP bag from the lingerie section of the store behind the desk since nobody was there and went to the dressing room and filled it up with clothes. I never thought of bringing a bag that looks full from another store though. I think you could possibly get away with doing that at other stores, but the great thing about JCP is that they have lots of dressing rooms throughout the store with hardly anyone attending them. So if there's someone attending the fitting room it might not work, or just be super careful about it. A little too risky though so idk. Also if you're gonna get soap and stuff you might as well get things without so many nasty chemicals! Just saying!! 🤗 It's just that olay and other cheaper brands have synthetics fragrances and other things that mimic hormones and throw off your body's hormonal balance. But you do you!!!! Just saying though, if you're not gonna pay for it you might as well get a better quality one!! :) Also you could try getting groceries and take some reusable bags with you and slowly fill them up as you walk throughout the store. Obviously be careful doing this too though! I got caught today for the very first time. If you look at my profile you can see it posted there for more info. Anyways, I wish you the best!! Be safe out there!

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kratos1987 OP wrote

Yeah, JCP is eaaaaasy. Especially when you go there dressed business casual, they don't take a second look at you. And honestly, I only got the ol@y because they were the most expensive ones, but the retinol night time cream has been working wonders on my dry skin! I also got a couple Frudia products, which I think is a newer Korean brand and they feel so nice too. I've always used stuff that has less synthetics and I've always had tons of acne, so whatever's in this ol@y stuff is working really well for me. I'm so sorry you got caught! That must be awful. If I got caught my whole life would be ruined because of the job I'm going into. I absolutely can't have any criminal record. It's so stupid of me to continue doing this lol but it's really helping me pay for college.

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autumnlover wrote

I'm glad it's working for you! I have hormonal acne and nothing seems to work lately. Yeah, I keep looking back at all the things I wish I had done differently, like I could have put my son in the seat part and walked out with my purse on hand instead of underneath everything. And then I could've just said he was getting tired and didn't want to walk and I couldn't carry him, and I left my credit card in the car and couldn't just leave him or the cart inside. So I went out with the cart to grab my card then was planning to go back in the store and pay for everything. Or I could've gone to another store, or at least could've had a lot less stuff because then the charges would be smaller. Ugh. I just feel so awful and it's definitely gonna affect so many other aspects of my life. And yeah, JCP is easy. I know it's helpful to save money right now by lifting but please still be careful out there! Don't think you're above the law, don't get greedy, don't get too casual/comfortable. Seriously just don't do anything I did! I'm an idiot. Just be careful and don't get caught!!! I never thought I would but I got careless. Anyways, just be smart and aware of your surroundings and never lift more than what you can reasonably afford to pay back if you ever happen to get caught!!

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kratos1987 OP wrote

Oh no hormonal acne :-(( That must be harder. Do you think you're going to stop after getting caught this time? & Thank you for your concern :-) I'm confident but I'd say that it's BECAUSE I'm confident that I'm careful. Whenever it feels "easy" that means I'm slacking somehow. It feels like a game I'm always playing and I only have one shot. I don't think you're an idiot! The world just turns and sometimes it turns against us eh :-)

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