Submitted by winona4ever in Illegalism (edited )

Tips for walk out method for designer handbag in high end department store? I wouldn’t bring my own handbag just take one and pretend it’s my own and leave. I’ve had excellent luck concealing clothes in department store dressing rooms but curious if I can lift a handbag and walk out. It helps that I’m white and dress the part.

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Almonds wrote

I hope you’ll keep us updated!! I don’t have any department stores like that around me where they have all the $1k+ handbags just hanging around on those wires. They’ll know it was you afterwards for sure so you’d have to pick a store far away you’ll never go to again. I don’t remember if those wires beep when they’re opened?

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DerpRun wrote

I've only tried, successfully twice, at a certain store where I live that uses those stupid black deep fabric carts with a hook for your purse. Hate to admit they are very useful in this situation. If where youre trying to lift doesn't have these I'd find a place that does. Wear a heavy or larger coat (It's a good time for it unless your way west or or south) and take it off if possible right at the door before youre inside and hold it in your arms as though something (like a purse) is right underneath it. Grab a cart and put the coat and "purse" into the part of the cart where you would normally put your purse making sure the coat is placed in a way that would suggest it's simply covered. Go to purse area and browse naturally and pick up and put down a cpl purses before picking up the one you want and slowly moving or turning from view of camera and toss it in. Make a bee line to clothes sale/clearance area to look legit, and carefully but quickly toss in 3-4 things to cover purse and give you a reason to go to fitting room. Where I live, these are always unmanned so again there's a plus. Once there I quickly grab up items with purse halfway hidden tagged side pressed against body out of view to the point any onlooker would just assume it was my purse. Hell, sometimes I just push the whole damn cart in with me but try not to in order to avoid attn. I see many people bring theirs in this fitting room hall so it's not uncommon. From there I remove tag. DO NOT ever remove stuffing inside and leave in dressing room. Total guarantee videos from camera footage will be watched. Keep it your only lift if you can at that time and also try to purchase something if possible to appear legit still and then as you exit, walk out with purse on arm maybe at elbow level with coat draped over and get your groove on down the road and remember ....not to hit your head on the door from growing a few ft taller on the way out Girl Boss. Hope that helps, wish you the best of luck and remember to act natural. You got this

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anthrax101 wrote

If you do pay for something while leaving, use cash only or a prepaid debit card with no name on it.

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Jacie wrote

Who has those carts besides Cole's? They don't have any expensive purses, I want to know how to unhook in the purse department at macees or nordstorm

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winona4ever OP wrote (edited )

Thanks for all the responses! Really appreciated it. I had success! Went on a relatively busy Sunday—wish it was more busy to be honest as My first choice bag was in a slower area with lots of eager SA’s. But my 2nd choice was in busy area but with less SA’s. I had two shopping bags from nearby $$$ stores ( I save. Every. Single. Shopping. Bag. Comes in handy) I had the two bags in my hand and slipped the purse in the crook of my arm like it was mine added one of my bags in front, looked at a few items around that part of the store, fixed me hair in a mirror and casually put on some lipstick I had in my back pocket added it to the purse like again, that it belonged to me and then excited from the side door. Definitely a little nerve racking but the trick is speed and looking like the clientele and general confidence. And knowing the store floor plan!! I entered from one door and left through another. Was in and out in about ten minutes.

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Jacie wrote

What about the purses that are wired together? I have the tools to remove the tags but does anyone here have experience removing them right there in the floor? You know how they link them all together and then to the rack sometimes?

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Snowman300 wrote

Biggest tip is your demeanor if you seem nervous at all you'll probably get caught also are you doors gonna go off?

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winona4ever OP wrote

Right- look confident but not cocky. I’ve scoped out a certain store in advance and most of the bags on the floor are not tagged. Few security guards though. But figured if it was a busy Sunday they wouldn’t pay much mind to me.

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