College Bookstore thievin' and textbook access codes

Submitted by ifthreewerenine in Shoplifting (edited )

Long story short, bought a used textbook before class started not knowing that teacher requires brand new $120 books with fresh, new access codes.

Pissed to learn that a) my textbook can't be returned and b) I have to spend an additional $120.

So I go into the college bookstore and scamper back to the new, wrapped textbooks. Unwrap one somewhat covertly, round the corner out of eyeshot of the security camera and take a picture of the access code. Stuff the wrapper behind a shelf, replace book (didn't technically steal it) and put it back on the top of the stack.

Now, I was unusually sloppy (unwrapping and stuffing wrapper where they're sure to find it and then replacing an obviously unwrapped textbook on TOP of a bunch of wrapped ones). It was hot as fuck, I felt like I was going to pass out and I'd been running on very little sleep.

I got nervous about my sloppiness and went back in hopes I could remedy the situation by tucking the textbook under wrapped books, and taking the wrapper with me bc I don't think it had an RFID. There was a lady preventing me from getting in (apparently students aren't even supposed to be back where the textbook shelves are - I got back there the first time because I didn't know that and there wasn't anyone to stop me) and she asked what book I needed her to grab. I mumbled something about not knowing, and being unable to check because my internet wasn't working and got tf out of there.


Do you think they'll go back and check cameras?

What might happen if they do, and somehow figure out it was me? I didn't technically steal the book, but I did unwrap it and take a picture of the access code. I haven't used the code yet.

Does anyone know if they can find out who used a textbook access code?



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iamhamming wrote

Just my onion but I wouldn't steal from your colleges bookstore if I were you. The punishments range from not being allowed in student activities to straight up getting kicked out. Honestly i wouldnt risk it over 120$


Ricksanchez21 wrote

Steal your books from Barnes & Noble lol

Here’s an idea, if they don’t have them in and tell them to order them for you (under a fake name or something) and then you pick them up at the front desk but you also have other shopping you’d like to do. Conceal the books in the children’s section after you’ve unwrapped and removed rfid tags, throw away garbage in the bathroom and then fake an emergency phone call and leave promptly. If you want you could even grab some extra books and talk to the person at the back desk and tell them you need to leave your books bc you have a family emergency and ask him/her to put them back for you....that way if the front desk person asks about you leaving, the person in the back says he/she put your books away.



GrimWillow wrote (edited )

I would suspect that the codes are associated with the specific text. So if you register the code, there's a chance someone who purchases that book (unlikely anytime soon since it was unwrapped) would attempt to register the same code and it will block them, while indicating somewhere to any investigating administration that you were the one that registered it.

Another chance is that once they find the unwrapped book, they might wonder, and potentially have a way to find out, who might register that code.

Also yea, possibly cameras.

But who knows, sometimes security is lazy or overburdened af, and who wants to do that admin investigatory task, when you've got enough on your plate as it is with more serious matters?


ifthreewerenine OP wrote

They are, which is why the access code didn't work for the used texbooks, as someone had already used them.

Yeah, I don't know. I think I'm just not going to risk it. School is more important to me than saving $120 I guess.

The other issue is that this textbook is used for a total of 2 sections of the same summer course, so it probably wouldn't be hard to narrow it down from there, coupled with the fact that I'm unmistakable from anyone else in those courses.


Drshoplifter wrote

I think you got away my friend. Even if they review the cam they wont know who you are. They may be able to see which student account the access code is linked too tho. did you put any of that information down when you registered the code?


Throwdown321 wrote

tHE BOOKstore will end up paying for the stolen property, i was tempted to steal from college bookstore before, its not like they are big store. as soon as you register a code for an online course with the book, they know which one will have it. the code will be associated with the student within a class, and they will know. An example if you stole a book that had a physics code for doing online homework, you have to register your name because your teacher will know who to grade. if the bookstore wants to make an example, they can ask the company, to check who using the stolen code.


Drshoplifter wrote (edited )

If i was you i could go back to the store when the employees are really busy, and stuff the book in a bag and walk out with it. that way theres no evidence. and they're probably not going to keep track of access codes in inventory or it wouldn't have let you register it. Dont even worry about the camera in a little store like that. Your anonymous.


Drshoplifter wrote (edited )

You could even take a knife and just cut away the access code (take it out of the store) leaving the book and thats all you would need to do.


ifthreewerenine OP wrote

The problem is that you aren't supposed to be able to get back to where the shelves are. I got away with it the first time (accidentally) because staff manning the gate was busy helping someone else. Most of the time it seems that staff is at the gate, watching for students to come in and offering to grab books from the back FOR them. I don't have time to stake the place out and wait to TRY to slip back there especially now that I can't use the "I didn't know better" excuse since the staff has seen me.


ifthreewerenine OP wrote

Oh, that's a good point. I'm not sure if they can see that information. Like I said, I haven't used the access code yet because I want to make sure that I'd get away with it.