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Tuesday Morning: Doesn't chase, will prosecute, and will ban. Always calls police. There are no dedicated LP, but the company likes to hire former LP from other stores as managers in their stores.

Ulta: Difficulty varies. Stores in malls are usually harder because they often request their storefront to be near the mall security office. Freestanding stores are easier, but staff with call police, and usually issue a Civil Demand but sometimes prosecute. Cameras are PTZ and are almost always monitored. Many items are tagged.

Vans: Staff are usually pretty dedicated, and will offer aggressive customer service to suspected lifters. Vans usually calls mall security, and lets them determine whether or not to call police. Cameras are usually in most stores, but are monitored after a theft is noticed.

Virginia Diner Shoppe: Like taking candy from a baby. Large shelves and fairly expensive products make this a nice place to snatch some gifts for the ladies in your life.

Walmart: Poor LP, whose budget and resources have been slashed in recent years. LP efficiency can range from store to store, but it is often easier to lift from Walmarts in higher income areas. Walmart will almost always chase, and will often prosecute. Company policy is not to prosecute under $25, but this is usually left up to the store or district manager. Staff sometimes, but rarely act as LP. Cameras are always actively monitored, but camera quality isn't the best, and a cone blindspot exists directly under most cameras because they can't tilt.

Walgreens: Won't chase, but will prosecute. No employees are dedicated solely to LP/AP, but store managers can act as LP at their own discretion. Employees are encouraged to try to get plate numbers by looking through windows. Police can be called after the fact. Cameras aren't usually monitored, but the employee break area is near the cameras, and the manager can access the camera feed through his computer (at newer locations).

Wawa: These stores have some exits away from the cashiers desk, which makes them easier to steal from. Cameras are sometimes monitored, but when the store is busy, they usually aren't being watched. Cashiers may yell to lifters who have left the store, and will sometimes try for a license plate number. Oftentimes they will leave cartons of cigarettes out on top of the checkout desks. Good place to try to lift smokes, for those of you who use tobacco!

Wegman's: Easiest grocery store. Despite being a MASSIVE store, cameras are few. Many employees work in the store, but are often too busy to even help regular customers. Someone is always watching the cameras, but the only LP that is always used is managers doing sweeps of the store, or near suspected lifters. Exiting through the market cafe is best, but watch out for employees coming in and out of the catering office. Wegman's won't chase (usually), but may call police, and will ban. Wegman's does a lot of charity work, and if caught, you can sometimes get away by apologizing profusely, and saying you're hungry and are having trouble feeding your family. They almost always will give you a few small food items and some coupons and let you leave.

Zumiez: Typically doesn't have cameras, and they are never being monitored. There is usually an employee near the skate stuff near the back room, so pay attention to where they are and where they go. Sales counters are usually far from the door, so you will have extra time to get away if someone notices you. Most hats are tagged, and certain stores will tag shirts, pants, or Herschel bags. Staff won't chase, and are slow in calling mall security. No LP, except regional managers who will pop in occasionally, or whom are called in. Staff are generally friendly, but are too busy texting and kicking around, so they won't do much if they suspect you of lifting. They're supposed to wait until you've left the store, and then they will send your description to security.

7-Eleven: Small stores, usually with a few employees. Cameras aren't being monitored, but the highest ranking employee in the store has access to them. If you're sealing alcohol they will usually phone the police. They may try to get your license plate number, but they generally won't do much unless you're causing a disturbance.

--Thanks for reading!! If I left out any stores or if any of this information is incorrect, please don't hesitate to comment here or PM me.

--I'm hoping the mods can use some of this information or maybe the whole most and add it as a pinned post.

EDIT: Please note that individual stores are different. There are many differences between mall stores and freestanding stores. Company policy can be broken, and many times it is. LP's job is to prevent theft, and they are usually very adamant at doing so.

EDIT 2: Perhaps we could create a large, separate post all about types of tags and which tags are used at which stores? Knowledge of tags is not my forte.

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a21anfatale wrote

Having been employed by Wegman’s, I can verify that they do have dedicated LP who actively watch cameras. While no longer employed, I witnessed a plain clothed LEO (announced and badge flashed) with a manager stop a Middle Eastern woman for stealing caviar (I didn’t personally see it, he called her out).